John Cronin, Co-Founder of John’s Crazy Socks, Will Be Featured in a Times Square Video

John Cronin Will Help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month In Unique Annual National Down Syndrome Society Video Presentation

Melville, NY (August 16, 2021): – John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 18, as part of the annual National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Times Square Video presentation. The one-hour video of roughly 500 photographs includes children, teens and adults with Down syndrome from all 50 states. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in a very visible way.

John said, “I love this. It is so exciting. People with Down syndrome and their families gather to watch the video and I love being with them.”

John at the New York City Buddy Walk

NDSS selected John from more than 2,100 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. John’s photo will be shown on two Jumbotron screens in the heart of Times Square, thanks to the support of Clear Channel Outdoor. The presentation will be live-streamed on the NDSS Facebook page from 9:30-10:30am ET on September 18. 

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off the flagship Buddy Walk® which has taken place in New York City since 1995 as part of the National Buddy Walk® Program. Buddy Walk events are held in hundreds of cities across the country, as well as select international locations. This year’s New York City Buddy Walk will once again take place virtually due to ongoing complications caused by COVID-19.

John’s Crazy Socks is the national sponsor of the National Buddy Walk® Program. The company sells Buddy Walk Socks that raise money for NDSS and offers a Buddy Walk Fundraising Program to help support individual Buddy Walks. John is a past Grand Marshal of the New York City Buddy Walk®.

Information about the NDSS National Buddy Walk Program and the NYC Buddy Walk on September 18, is available online at

 About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas, NDSS engages in various activities, events and programs such as the National Advocacy & Policy Center, which seeks to create systemic change through engaged advocacy; the National Buddy Walk® Program, which honors and celebrates individuals with Down syndrome in local communities across the world and other initiatives that provide support, informational resources and community engagement opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who support them. Visit for more information about NDSS.

About the National Buddy Walk® Program

Since 1995, the National Buddy Walk Program has been the premier Down syndrome awareness, advocacy and peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world. It was created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for local and national incentives to support the Down syndrome community. Today, more than 200 Buddy Walk events take place in cities across the country and in select international locations. To learn more and find a Buddy Walk near you, visit

About John’s Crazy Socks 

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. They spread happiness by offering the socks you can love that let you express yourself, by giving back, by creating jobs for people with differing abilities and spreading happiness.

For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at