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GiGi’s Playhouse & The Peanut Butter Falcon. It starts with a promise.

GiGi’s Playhouse & The Peanut Butter Falcon. It starts with a promise.

The making of The Peanut Butter Falcon is not much different than the story of GiGi’s Playhouse!   Doing the impossible and changing the way the world views Down syndrome!  Like GiGi’s, this project started with a promise.  I promised GiGi I would change the way the world saw Down syndrome....
Meet Golf’s Newest Celebrity at our August Golf Outing

Meet Golf’s Newest Celebrity at our August Golf Outing

  This summer’s golf outing benefitting GiGi’s Playhouse will NOT be your average golf outing. Why? Because the star of the show that day is none other than Amy Bockerstette, the young woman with Down syndrome whose golf skills have made her a viral video sensation.   Amy is the 20-year-old GiGi’s Playhouse program participant who stunned spectators with...
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Why Do Media Portrayals of Kids with Down Syndrome Matter So Much to Us?

I was so torn over the controversy about the Today Show segments with Shawn Johnson and Andrew East.  First of all, congratulations to Shawn and Andrew! Every new parent should be congratulated, and every child should be celebrated. The anticipation of a new baby is one of the best possible gifts...
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GiGi’s Playhouse Attends National Down Syndrome Congress in Pittsburgh

We are incredibly thankful and proud to have been a part of NDSC 2019 in Pittsburg. GiGi's Playhouse is a strong voice in the greater Down syndrome community -- our count shows that 43 of GiGi's 55 locations attended! Nancy Gianni, our Chief Belief Officer presented at the Conference on how...
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Why is this a big deal?

GiGi will be singing the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs game on June 25th! Just take a moment to think about that! She will be giving hope to so many people who have watched their loved ones struggle to say just one word let alone sing the entire National...
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The Gift of Down Syndrome

Today we welcome back long time GiGi's Playhouse friend and advocate, Richard Riley.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy some encouragement.   Dear Friends in the greater Down syndrome community, You’re probably already thinking that this guy is completely nuts.  How can Down syndrome be a gift? ...
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