On Saturday, April 28th the New York Mets hosted their Autism Awareness Day at Citi-Field (their home stadium) to help raise awareness for autism! Countless Met fans and community members alike got to enjoy a pre-game party in the Bullpen Plaza which included several activities for those in attendance to enjoy!
Some of the activities that were highlighted included a Super Soccer Stars exhibit, yoga exercises by Hosh Kids and art therapy projects by the Queens Museum of Art! One of the bigger highlights for the autism families was the Sensory Cozy Corner hosted by “Emerge and See” an educational center located in New York for children with Autism and other developmental and emotional differences. This area was pivotal as it gave families a place to head to who needed a quiet space before and during the game! These supports helped tremendously throughout the day. Their was also an Autism Friendly seating section blocked off for ticket holders where the speakers sounds were lowered along with family restrooms provided in the far corner.
After the pre-game festivities we had a special moment when the first pitch was thrown out by 11-year-old Tyler Wittels with his dad David.
If this wasn’t enough the Mets and MLB were gracious enough tohighlight their Autism Awareness Day by sharing on their screens for portions of the game signage and PSA videos focused on autism awareness!
Special thanks go out the Mets staff and MLB again for helping out with this league-wide effort to raise awareness for autism! A special shout-out also goes out to our Autism Speaks volunteers on hand who assisted families in different sections of the stadium, manned the AS table which provided information on Autism along with giving out Autism Speaks thunder sticks and temporary puzzle piece tattoo’s!
For more information about MLB Autism Awareness and to check on the rest of the Club dates commemorating the initiative, please check out MLB’s site here.