Walking Club

Walking Club

Walking Club partners individuals with Down syndrome with members of the community in a one-mile walk every Monday evening during summer months.  Our walk begins at 7 PM at the Dick Pond Athletics store at 927 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg and ends at the UPS for DownS office at 1070 S. Roselle Road.  All ages are welcome.

After walking, participants are treated with a healthy snack and can participate in socializing, singing karaoke, dancing, and Garden Club activities.

The purposes of Walking Club are numerous:  providing opportunities for community members and individuals with Down syndrome to exercise and socialize together, promoting healthy habits, partnering with Dick Pond Athletics, promoting Endurance Team activities, and recruiting athletes for the UPS for DownS Endurance Team.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.

Do people with Down syndrome have feelings?

Yes. Just like everyone, people with Down syndrome have feelings. They can feel happy, silly, sad, sorry, or upset - just like you. People with Down syndrome enjoy friends and family and can be hurt when someone teases or makes fun of them - just like you.