Step Up for Down Syndrome


Sunday, June 7, 2020

8:30am - 12:30pm

Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park

Step Up for Down Syndrome is our largest celebration and fundraising event of the year!  Donations from this event allow us to provide vital and life-changing programming to over 1,800 individuals with Down syndrome and their families!

Participants of Step Up for Down Syndrome start a team and raise money to earn amazing prizes like Walk in the Park Cardinals Tickets!  Then, everyone gathers to celebrate their hard work on the first Sunday in June at Forest Park!

Music, games, food, bounce houses, face painting, rock climbing wall, crafts, and a petting zoo are just some of the fun that awaits you and your family!  Start your team today!!


A Team Captain often starts and names their team in honor of their loved one with Down syndrome.  “Brandon’s Buddies” or “Caleb’s Crew” are some of the fun team names we’ve seen before.  Get creative!  Have fun with it!  

Each team will have their very own webpage they can personalize to let people know why they step up for Down syndrome.  A link will be created, and that can be used to send out to friends and family asking them to step up and donate!  

For every $25 a team raises, they’ll earn a t-shirt and entrance into the event.  Anyone can donate to a team, and the Team Captain can invite anyone come to the Step Up event.  It can be the same people that donate, or different people.  

And don’t forget, each team has one team honoree that gets to come to Step Up for free!  Click the button below to start your team today!

Day of Schedule

8:30am | Step Up for Down Syndrome Begins  9:30am | 1 Mile Awareness Walk Begins  12:30pm | Event Wrap-Up

Activities at Step Up

Bounce Houses

Petting Zoo

Train Rides

Photo Booth

Rock Climbing Wall

Face Painting

Superhero & Princess Meet & Great

Live Entertainment

Tons of Dancing

Snow Cones, Popcorn, Hot Dogs & Treats


Bubble Bus

Arts & Crafts

Food Trucks

And a Whole Lot More!

Important Dates & Deadlines

May 14th

Guaranteed T-shirt Deadline

Order Online or using a Paper Form

May 20th

Team Support Signs and Banners

Order Deadline

June 5th & 6th

Pre-Event Donation Drop-Off 

and T-shirt Pick Up at DSAGSL Office

Fundraising Incentives

Your team earns prizes the more you raise! 

When your team raises $1,000 by May 20th, you will receive a Team Support Sign featuring your Team’s Name placed along the walk route. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $2,500 by May 20th, you’ll receive a 2ft. x 4ft. Team Banner with your custom text that you can take with you on the 1 mile awareness walk. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $3,000 by May 20th, you’ll be upgraded to a Deluxe Team Banner with your custom text and a photo. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $5,000 by May 20th, your Team Honoree’s photo will be featured in DSAGSL Down Syndrome Awareness Month marketing materials and social media posts.

We will also be offering fun incentives from January through May, so be sure to sign up your team to start receiving Team Captain emails with details inside!

**Teams will earn 1 sign OR 1 standard banner OR 1 deluxe banner

Walk in the Park Cardinals Tickets

Perhaps the most exciting incentive for fundraising for Step Up for Down Syndrome is Walk in the Park tickets!  When you raise money for Step Up, your team earns ticket packages to DSAGSL’s largest awareness event of the year called Walk in the Park.  About 2,500 families and friends gather at Busch Stadium in September for a day of community, fun, and great baseball.  Participants of the event enjoy a pre-game pep-rally, walking the warning track together, and then watching the baseball game.

For every $150 a Step Up team raises, they will earn one ticket package to Walk in the Park!  That includes entrance the pep-rally, walking the warning track, a game ticket AND a commemorative t-shirt.  

Need a little more motivation? The Step Up teams that raise the most money will earn a spot on the field for the Walk in the Park opening ceremonies!  The more money you raise, the more incentives you earn!  

Learn more about Walk in the Park here

Fundraising Ideas

Set a goal! Aim high but be realistic.  Remember, every dollar stays in the St. Louis area to support your loved one and others with Down syndrome.

Spread the word with Social Media! Share your story on social media and inspire friends and family to contribute to your team!  

Company Matching Funds- As your employer if they have a matching program and instantly double your fundraising!

Corporate Sponsors- Teams that arrange for a company or business to sponsor Step Up receive credit for the sponsorship amount!

Profit Shares- Talk with your favorite restaurant or small business to set up a profit sharing day, i.e. 20% of sales will be donated on a certain day.  Then let us know you set up the fundraiser and the amount raised will count toward your team total!

There are so many ways to have fun will raising money!  

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Director of Special Events, Amber McWillliams at 314-961-2504 or

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring Step Up for Down Syndrome! To see all of the sponsorship opportunities available, download the Step Up for Down Syndrome 2020 Sponsorship Packet.  Contact Director of Special Events, Amber McWilliams, for more information or if you have any questions! or 314.833.7508

Thank you 2020 Step Up Sponsors!