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This Division I Basketball Player with Autism's Story Will Inspire You

This video blog is by Anthony Ianni, the first-ever individual with autism to  play Division I college basketball. Anthony has dealt with countless obstacles to get to where he is today. Anthony has played basketball with The Michigan State Spartans, coached by Tom Izzo. Since graduating from college he has now become a national motivational speaker, husband and father. Because of his efforts in our community Anthony has been recognized by Autism Speaks in 10 People with Autism Who Gave Our Community 10 Years of Hope and 10 Talented Individuals with Autism who Inspired in 2014.

In addition, Anthony has written several blogs for our In Our Own Words blog series! You can read all about Anthony below...

The First College Basketball Player With Autism: Why Awareness Matters

The Start of Something New: Autism Awareness in College Basketball

The Experience of a Lifetime

8 Individuals with Autism Who’ve Been Impacted By Sports

Learn more about our Coaches Powering Forward Initative to bring Autism Awareness to College Hoops here

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The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.