The Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh Buddy Walk was held recently in Pittsburgh.
The California University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program recently participated
in the 25th-annual Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh (DSAP) Buddy Walk held
at the Highmark Stadium over the weekend.
The event was introduced to the program courtesy of the team's athletic trainer, Mindi Fisher, who has two uncles with Down syndrome. She is a member of the planning committee for the event as well as a volunteer.
The Vulcans contributed in a variety of activities, including setting up prior to the event, leading the walk from Highmark Stadium, handing out medals to participants and engaging with families on the soccer field at the conclusion of the walk.
"For us it was important to show our support to Mindi and her family at this event," said head coach Emedin Sabic. "She does a lot our team and it was great for us to give back to an event that means a lot to Mindi, her family and so many people that are affected."
The Buddy Walk is the largest fundraiser of the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh. Their mission to enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families in the community, which is largely funded through the Buddy Walk team and individual donations. They fulfill that mission in two ways: creating opportunities for families to share resources and create community and by funding the Down Syndrome Center of Pittsburgh.