Regals Participate in Buddy Walk Fundraiser

CLU participates in Down Syndrome Awareness walk

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 10:36 am

Credit: Lindsay Goldblatt Hi-res image

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team had quite a busy preseason. The Regals had to learn a brand-new system from first year head coach Lindsay Goldblatt. On top of that, Goldblatt’s 2013-14 team would feature just two returners from a season ago while welcoming 12 newcomers.

Yet with all the preparations CLU took in gearing up for the season, the Regals still found a way to take part in the Buddy Walk, a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society. The October walk coincides with Down Syndrome Awareness Month and aims to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Over the past 17 years, the Buddy Walk program has grown from 17 walks to 250 in 2013. In 2012 alone, over 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk.

“The Buddy Walk is a great even to support kids with Down syndrome and help bring awareness to the community,” coach Goldblatt said. “This event was special because we were able to support Katy Lindor and her family in their efforts to bring awareness and honor her cousin.”

“My cousin Danny was born with Down syndrome and passed away when he was two but my family has been doing the Buddy Walk in memory of him every year either in Seattle or Missoula,” Lindor shared. “It was so special to see my teammates and coaches support this cause while also raising money for Down Syndrome Awareness.”

Goldblatt concluded with, “I’m proud of Katy and the rest of the team for their participation and we are looking forward to more of these opportunities in the future.”

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