(April 12, 2014) - On Friday, April 11, Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams and his foundation, Point of Hope, teamed up with Autism Speaks to pay tribute to autism awareness month at Barclays Center.
Families affected by autism joined together for Autism Awareness Night at Barclays Center as the Brooklyn Nets took on the Atlanta Hawks. Autism Speaks lapel pins were worn by both teams’ coaching staff, and children on the spectrum and their families got to enjoy Friday’s game from donated suite seats. After the game, the families got to meet Brooklyn Nets Guard Deron Williams.
Williams’ son DJ was diagnosed with autism nearly three years ago and last year he joined Autism Speaks as an Ambassador for the cause. Autism Awareness Night at Barclays Center was in honor of the 1 in 68 children and their families affected by ASD, and in support of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue Campaign and Autism Awareness Month (April).
In addition to Autism Awareness Night at Barclays Center, Charitybuzz.com is hosting a live auction for fans to bid on two pair of signed blue Nike basketball shoes worn by Williams. Fans can bid on the shoes until Wednesday, April 23 on Charitybuzz here.
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