Not dancing in NUDM? You can still help the cause by running in NUDM's Annual 5K + 10K that takes place on campus during the weekend-of! The race will take place on Saturday, March 4 with a 10 am start time. The route will take you through Northwestern’s campus and along Lake Michigan. The registration for this event is $25 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K.
In its 43rd year, NUDM will be supporting two beneficiaries: GiGi’s Playhouse and the Evanston Community Foundation.
GiGi’s Playhouse, NUDM 2017’s primary beneficiary, is a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers that impacts the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome through free educational and therapeutic programs. Since its founding in 2003, GiGi’s now has 30 community Playhouses across the country including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 25,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from their programs and support. NUDM’s financial donations will help fund GiGi’s purposeful programming through expanding the speech and language program, improving educational literacy and math tutoring, as well as further developing exercise programming and therapy. And as GiGi’s continues to rapidly grow, NUDM’s gift will also help the organization develop a pilot Mobile Playhouse program that will allow GiGi’s to be even more accessible to underserved neighborhoods. NUDM is excited to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and to spread a message of global acceptance for people of all abilities. Our secondary beneficiary is the Evanston Community Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local Evanston community organizations.