The third annual Richie's Beach Ball Blast in Corpus Christi, Texas was held on September 23, 2012. All of the proceeds raised in conjunction with this event are donated to NDSS. Since 2010, more than $3,000 has been contributed in honor of Richie Hughes.
Eleven years ago, Richie Hughes was born with Down syndrome, and since then his entire family has rallied around him. Cousin Vivien Sanchez has attended the Buddy Walk in San Antonio, Texas for the past seven years in support of Richie, but in 2010 she decided that more awareness needed to be raised closer to her home in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Vivien and her family started a beach volleyball tournament called Richie's Beach Ball Blast that encourages community members to get involved and donate money to support people with Down syndrome. The volleyball tournament is set up in a single bracket format and teams compete for a grand prize of gift cards donated by sponsors. They encourage people of all ages and abilities to join them at this family-friendly event.
Funds are raised from team registrations, food sales and donations. In addition to fundraising, their goal is to get people talking about Down syndrome and to encourage more people in the community to value, accept and include people with Down syndrome in day-to-day life.