Buddy of the Year 2012

The DSAA Proudly Announces Christopher Currere as the 2012 Buddy of the Year!


boty2012.jpgChristopher Currere was honored as the 2012 Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta Buddy of the year at the organization's inaugural Buddy Breakfast on Sept. 11, 2012. As part of his duties as Buddy of the Year, Christopher will serve as a DSAA ambassador and will grand marshall the 2012 Buddy Walk on October 7, at Centennial Olympic Park.

Christopher is a 26-year old young man with many hopes and dreams for the future. He has worked hard to set the right path for those dreams to come realization. In High School, Christopher was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club for five years, he was “Lord” of the Court in his junior year and he was determined to go to “college” like all his friends were planning to do. He visited schools that offered supports that would help to be successful and eventually enrolled in the Stewart Home School. Christopher also had the opportunity to spend weekends at UGA with many of his high school friends who would bring him up to enjoy football games, friends and parties!

Christopher is a registered voter and has advocated down at the Capital in Atlanta on Developmental Disability Day for the last three years, shaking hands and asking for support from his legislators. Christopher is also an active member of St Andrew Catholic Church. He serves as an Usher and is a member of their Knights of Columbus where he currently holds the status of 3rd Degree Knight. His plan is to get his 4th Degree by the end of the year. He is respected by his fellow Knights and this year was selected by them to be the Inside Guard which is an officer’s position.

Christopher also has many interests and talents. Several years ago, he became interested in photography. His talent comes to him very naturally and he has put together a portfolio of beautiful pictures that capture moments in time. He is now taking his hobby and turning it into a business, Currere Images.

In addition to his photography, Christopher has trained and competed with Special Olympics for many years and developed competitive skills in Bocce, Bowling, Tennis and Power Lifting. In tennis he not only competes on a statewide level in unified doubles and singles, but has also has attended competitions in South Carolina and Alabama where he has accumulated many medals.

Last year, Christopher was a member of Special Olympics Team USA and competed as a power lifter at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. He was one of nearly 7000 athletes from 180 countries that competed. As a member of the team, he spent three weeks in Greece with Team USA. Christopher competed in the 100kg weight class, earning 4th place in the World! Competition was incredibly stiff! He squatted 176.2 lbs, benched 137.7 lbs and dead lifted 253.5 lbs! Next Christopher hopes to volunteer at the power lifting venue at the 2015 World Special Olympics Summer Games in Los Angeles.boty2012-1.jpg

Christopher currently works in the kitchen for Buffalo Wild Wings in Alpharetta.His duties include portioning and bagging food items such as frozen french fries and wings. He also assists in setting up the restaurant for the day. He is well liked and supported by his co-workers and managers. Christopher has a girlfriend and has hopes to be married someday. But his next goal is to share an apartment with a friend.

We are excited to honor Christopher as the 2012 Buddy of the Year!