MMA champion with Down syndrome will walk for awareness

Garrett Holeve to participate in Sunday's Buddy Walk in Sunrise

By Mayte Padron - Community Relations Director

Garrett Holeve, pictured to the right with his MMA championship belt.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Garrett Holeve lives to train people in Mixed Martial Arts. He also lives with Down syndrome. 

The South Florida man started an organization called Garrett's Fight Foundation to provide opportunities for adaptive athletes. 

Holeve is an MMA champion and advocate for the special needs community. He will lead athletes he's trained Sunday in the 2017 Buddy Walk, which celebrates Down syndrome awareness month in October and promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

The Buddy Walk takes place at 8:30 a.m. at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84 in Sunrise. It includes breakfast, lunch and lots of family-friendly entertainment, including a rock wall, bounce house, pony rides and petting zoo. 

To register, visit For more information on Holeve's nonprofit, visit

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