Victory for Strike Out Autism
Cheers and chants are still buzzing in the community as the First Annual Strike Out Autism Family Fun Day gained three victories during one event on April 21. Hope for Three hit a grand slam by hosting more than 400 members of the autism community to an exciting family day of exclusive events, food and fun. The Sugar Land Skeeters went neck and neck with the Long Island Ducks, but with a huge hit out of the park, they prevailed with a 2 to 1 win. And thousands of fans and supporters of Fort Bend County was empowered and inspired to see the ability in the disability of autism.
The event, a collaborative effort between Hope for Three, Sugar Land Skeeters, Judge Bob Hebert, Mayors and elected officials of Fort Bend County is the largest of its kind held in the community to commemorate April as Autism Awareness Month. “This was a huge undertaking and we are elated about the positive impact it has made in our community, especially our families living with autism”, said Darla Farmer, Hope for Three Founder.
Families attending the event arrived to the cheering welcome of more than 300 volunteers who paired up with children on the autism spectrum and their siblings, while their parents or caretaker had enjoyed a social hour. A parade followed, along with the inaugural Strike Out Autism first pitch by Collin Montgomery, whose triplet sisters are on the spectrum and the signing of the National Anthem by 12 year old Avery Najarian, who also has autism.
Judge Hebert then took to the field and proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month. Each County Mayor and/or city representative stood alongside the Judge in support and recognition of autism awareness and acceptance in the community. “The time I spent hearing the stories and interacting with children and families affected by the disorder helped me realize just how many people are impacted”, said Mayor Vincent Morales, Rosenberg. “We are lucky to have organizations such as Blessed Be Hope For Three as community partners providing awareness, education, support, and resources not just at events like Strike Out Autism, but each and every day of the year.”
Skeeters players also showed their support by donning official custom made jerseys for the event that were auctioned during the game to raise funds for the Hope for Three Family Resource program. Plans are already underway for Strike Out Autism 2014, Skeeters opening weekend. Mark your calendars.
To learn the early signs of autism, various resources and assistance available or how you can BE the difference in the life of a family living with autism, visit hopeforthree.org or call 1-800-317-0787.
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