(August 9, 2014) - The New York Yankees hosted Autism Awareness Day at Yankee Stadium. For this game, the Yankees offered a special half-price ticket offer to members of the Autism Speaks community. The day started with a pre-game ceremony which honored long-standing Autism Speaks supporters and big-time Yankees fans, the Mojica family.
Jesse and Ana Mojica are the proud parents of two sons Adam, 15, and Miguel, 11. Their son Adam has autism and since his diagnosis, they have been tireless advocates for increased awareness, research and support of those with autism. Their youngest son Miguel idolizes Derek Jeter and Adam's favorite part of the game is the music that plays and excitement that happens when the Yankees hit a home run.
During the ceremony, the Yankees jumbotron featured special announcements on behalf of Autism Speaks and played an Autism Speaks PSA. After the ceremony, the Cleaveland Indians deafeated the Yankees by a score of 3-0 as our families cheered on.
Once the game began, the Yankees also offered a quiet area for our families who needed to take a break from the sights and sounds. Autism Speaks volunteers were on staff to greet them and guide them to a quiet table.
Overall, it was an amazing game and a very successful event for our families. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported Autism Speaks. Thank you to the Mojica family for being wonderful supporters of our mission. And thank you so much to the New York Yankees for holding Autism Awareness Day at Yankee Stadium!