Coaches Powering Forward for Autism

Coaches Powering Forward:

NCAA Autism Awareness and Acceptance Weekend

March 5 – March 7, 2021
Join coaches across the country in supporting the 1 in 54 children
on the autism spectrum by wearing the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin


Teams can join the campaign and receive FREE pins by registering at the link above.

It all started with a simple request by two NCAA Coaches “Wear the Autism Speaks pin during your February game”  

Autism Speaks Coaches Powering Forward was created in 2014 after NCAA Coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion embarked on a mission to raise awareness of autism. Learn their story.

Since starting Coaches Powering Forward seven years ago, more than 5,000 Autism Speaks puzzle piece pins were provided to coaches, their staff and broadcasters to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism during the awareness games.

Finally, we know that schedules can be uncertain and ever-changing this season. We hope you can join on our awareness weekend of March 5-7, but should your team’s schedule not permit, we encourage you to sport your pins/masks in a show of support year-round! We are so grateful for your commitment to autism awareness.

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