2022 Step Up for Down Syndrome
Saturday, September 10, 2022
SOMI Unified Sports & Inclusion Center
160 68th St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Step Up For Down Syndrome is the largest Down syndrome awareness event in Michigan and DSAWM’s annual fundraiser. Families, friends, and the public are invited to this community celebration and walk where we come together to support our loved ones with Down syndrome. The event is held every September in Grand Rapids.
This year’s theme is “Down for Adventure” and will feature a scavenger hunt that allows the community to explore the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center, our new home and the first-of-its-kind disability-focused facility in the world! New this year, the event will include a resource fair with organizations that support or are run by the Down syndrome community, food trucks, and raffles! We’ll also be reintroducing the Step Up walk to kick off the activities. We are excited to welcome everyone–new and returning–back together for a full day of celebration, exploration, and fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Step Up for Down Syndrome?
Step Up For Down Syndrome is the largest Down syndrome awareness event in Michigan and the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan’s (DSAWM) annual fundraiser. The event kicks off DSAWM’s advocacy campaign for Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and is an opportunity for families, friends, and the public to come together and show support for our loved ones rocking an extra chromosome! The event is held every September in Grand Rapids.
Who is DSAWM?
The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan–DSAWM for short–advocates for and provides services and programming through all stages of life to over 300 people with Down syndrome and their families across West Michigan. Our organization was founded in 1985 and while we are based in Grand Rapids, our service area covers 12 counties. We rely exclusively on donations to support our mission of creating communities that embrace Down syndrome, empower individuals, and promote opportunities for meaningful lives.
How do I register for Step Up?
Click the REGISTER button above to attend as a general participant or part of a team.
Why do I have to pay a registration fee?
Registration fees offset expenses, allowing the money raised through donations to directly fund DSAWM and allow us to continue offering free programming and services to our members. This year’s fee is only $5.
**T-shirt sales are closed. There will be a limited number of the navy shirt available for purchase at the event.
Do I have to create a team?
No, but we hope you will! While you are welcome to register solo, teams are an opportunity for our community members to come together and show support for loved ones with Down syndrome. Plus, there are several exciting prizes available for the largest team this year!
How do I create a team?
Our event registration website has changed, so if you want to create a team, be sure to read through the instructions here. Team Captains will first need to create an account, then set up their team page, then register themselves.
Do I have to collect donations?
No, but it helps! Every dollar raised funds DSAWM’s many programs and services, allowing us to support more and more people with Down syndrome. Plus, our top three fundraising teams will win an awesome prize and the top team will take home a trophy!
How do I become a sponsor?
Opportunities are available to businesses, organizations, and individuals to fit any budget. Click on our sponsorship brochure above or contact us at 616-956-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss opportunities.
How does my organization participate in the resource fair?
New this year, the resource fair is an opportunity for nonprofits and businesses run by people with Down syndrome to connect with our community! Click the community partner brochure above or contact us at 616-956-3488 or email@example.com to learn more.
How can I volunteer?
Volunteers make this event possible! Click the VOLUNTEER button above to sign up, and we’ll contact you about available volunteer roles.
If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 616-956-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsors & contributors!
Trailblazer Title Sponsor: King Milling Company
Thomas and Joan Hayes
in honor of the Scarlett Family
in honor of Melanie and Molly Wade
Lynn and Diane Hedeman
If you are interested in supporting people with Down syndrome in West Michigan by sponsoring an event, joining an event committee, or hosting a fundraiser, please contact DSAWM at 616-956-3488 or email@example.com.