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Atlanta Braves Host Autism Awareness Day 2013

Atlanta kicked off the month of June with our Autism Awareness Game on Sunday, June 2nd, part of Major League Baseball's partnership with Autism Speaks. Over 250 tickets were sold as families from as far as Alabama came see the Atlanta Braves take on the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. A huge thank you to Walk co-chair Jason Cristal who spearheaded this day of fun at the ballpark!

Families enjoyed a parade on the field prior to the start of the game and we were all seated in a great section of the outfield out of the hot Georgia sun! The Atlanta Braves made us all feel extremely welcome as we took advantage of our special sensory friendly room in the Season Ticket Holder Clubhouse.

For every ticket purchased, each family member with autism was free. It was an amazing opportunity for families like Steve and his sons Owen and Ethan, who had never been to a baseball game before, to enjoy a game. Each ticket was an entry into a drawing for the chance to win the honoring of calling "Play Ball" at the start of the game. Congratulations to Kristen Gordon and her daughter Carmen for winning the drawing!

Special thanks and the amazing staff at the Atlanta Braves, especially Daniel Eanes, who made this day possible for so many families! Thank you to all our families who came and spent the day at the ball park!

A huge thank you to Major League Baseball, which has teamed up with Autism Speaks in a league-wide effort to raise autism awareness. All 30 MLB Clubs will raise awareness of autism during one home game during the regular season. Many of the MLB Autism Awareness games throughout the league will provide special opportunities and a safe, friendly environment for families and individuals affected by autism. For more information about MLB Autism Awareness and to check on respective Club dates commemorating the initiative, please check out MLB's site here.

Steve with sons Ethan, left, and Owen

Fans parade onto the field in Atlanta

Kristen Gordon and daughter Carmen won raffle to say "Play Ball' at start of game.

Kristen and Carmen in the on deck circle