National Events and Programs

Volunteers are the driving force that enables MDA to accelerate its worldwide research program, and provide diagnostic and follow-up care through a nationwide network of 200 medical clinics. And, volunteers are the backbone of the Association's programs, helping with summer camp, support groups, seminars, special events and many other programs.

MDA special events are a fun way to raise vital funds supporting MDA's battle against neuromuscular diseases. If you'd like more information about participating in the events described below, please call your local MDA representative. To learn more about national sponsorship opportunities, please contact MDA at (800) 572-1717 or

MDA special events

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To volunteer or learn more about events in your local area, please contact your local MDA representative.

MDA special events

Bowling Against Dystrophy

Participants from companies, youth organizations and bowling centers enjoy bowling events to raise money benefiting MDA's research and services programs. It's fun for everyone. National sponsorship opportunities are available.


MDA golf tournaments across the country provide the opportunity to network with business associates and, most importantly, help children and adults with muscular dystrophy. MDA staff can tailor a corporate golf outing to meet your objectives. National sponsorship opportunities are available.

MDA Muscle Walk

The MDA Muscle Walk is a walking event held in communities across the country at various times throughout the year. Please visit MDA's Muscle Walk home page for more information on how you can be part of these events. Sampling and underwriting opportunities are available.


The MDA Hop-a-Thon program is an educational special event for preschool through second-grade children at day care centers, preschools and elementary schools. The program offers a weeklong disability awareness lesson plan; hands-on activities for the children with books and a video; and other free educational materials. Learn more

MDA Lock-Up

Local business and community leaders agree to be "arrested" for having a "big heart" in the MDA Lock-Up. This unique community-wide event raises funds for people with neuromuscular diseases. Learn more

MDA Shamrocks

This St. Patrick's Day fundraiser is supported by restaurants, bars, retailers and businesses to help people with muscle diseases. All materials are provided free by MDA, including the paper Shamrocks for customers and employees to put their name on to display after making a donation. For more information, please contact

Youth Events

In addition to the events described above, several hundred junior high, high school and college student organizations have combined fun with fundraising in sponsoring special events such as superdances, mega skates, festivals, faculty-student competitions, spirit weeks and other events to raise money for MDA. In addition, many young people volunteer at local MDA summer camps.

MDA Team Momentum

MDA Team Momentum is the official team of MDA's new nationwide endurance program. Team Momentum focuses on recruiting walkers and runners of all ability levels to participate in half or full marathons nationwide – all while raising critical funds to support MDA's mission. Please visit the MDA Team Momentum home page for more information on how you can get involved.

Other Special Events

MDA staff members in your area are ready to help you make your special event a big success. They have lots of creative fundraising ideas that are proven winners, plus "how-to" guides that make the events easy to organize.

To learn more about the above events in your local community, please contact your local MDA representative.

MDA-sponsored summer camps offer a wide range of programs for youngsters ages 6-17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Campers attend weeklong sessions organized by MDA volunteers and staff. Camp activities are geared to the abilities of campers and may include fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, field hockey and baseball. Less physically demanding activities include arts and crafts, nature study, talent shows, cookouts and entertainment.

Volunteer counselors (who must be at least 16 years old) receive an orientation and training that includes wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, personal hygiene and emergency procedures. The primary responsibility of each counselor is to provide both physical and psychological support to his/her camper, thereby helping him/her to enjoy camp. Medical staff are available throughout the week to meet any health care needs that may arise.

Please call your local MDA representative for more information on the date(s) and location(s) of the camp(s) in your area.

To volunteer or learn more about events in your local area, please contact your local MDA representative.