The Best Buddies Friendship Walk Celebrates Inclusion and Perfect Spring Weather

A boy and girl celebrate Best Buddies in Central Illinois!
Best Buddies in Central Illinois
HALO at Heartland Community College

May 4th, join people with and without disabilities at the Corn Crib in Normal for the Central Illinois Best Buddies Friendship Walk with HALO and TerraForm Power!!! This free and inclusive event for all will go from 9am-12pm. This year’s goal is $80,500 and they are almost there! Click here to make a donation!!!

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading event in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

TerraForm Power

Join 50,000 participants at 70+ Walks across the globe to support the Best Buddies programs in schools, workplaces, and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with IDD — one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time.

Enjoy amazing food at this year’s Central Illinois Best Buddies Friendship Walk from Bay Area Mexicana and Healthy in a Hurry Food trucks, delicious Nothing Bundt Cakes, AMC Popcorn, McDonald’s Coffee, and MORE. Play in the “That Kid Place” mobile, accessible museum, hang with your friends and play games in the AETNA Mission Tent, relax in the Connect Transit Electric Bus, and sing Karaoke on the Neon Bison stage with DJ4U!

Also, “May the 4th be with you!” So, feel free to come dressed in your favorite Star Wars gear OR bring your Ton Ton for the Walk! Get registered and start a team, or make a donation here!

Come ready to sing, cheer, eat, and enjoy a fun day with your friends and family as we celebrate the amazing people in our lives with IDD! So, get registered and get ready for the most accessible event of the year!

Click here for more information on the Friendship Walk and Best Buddies!


Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 3,000 elementary school, middle school, high school, and college Friendship and Promoter chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 56 countries and territories, positively impacting the lives of over 1.3 million people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live independently, become inspirational leaders and build lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit or connect with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.