Cheerleaders Help Promote Acceptance, Inclusion at Annual Buddy Walk

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On Sunday, October 14, the Bishop Ireton Varsity Cheerleaders spent the day giving back to the local community by working the Buddy Walk for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia. The cheerleaders assisted with the setup and breakdown of the event, including chalking the walk, working games for the kids, taking photos, and cheering on the walkers.

“I am so extremely proud of how hard the team works at this event, and the sense of pride they take in participating in this walk,” said Head Coach Angela Hope. “It is truly inspiring on so many levels.”

“I’ve attended the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia’s Buddy Walk for four years now and it’s such a great experience,” said Yannet Ephrem ’19. “We start the walk and get to interact with such amazing kids. I’m really going to miss being able to go to this event with the team every year, it’s such an incredible day that I won’t ever forget.”

The Buddy Walk is the biggest fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia and enables them to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome and their families receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of life in their community.