Saturday was a memorable day at Camden Yards for the Autism Awareness Game with the Baltimore Orioles in honor of Autism Awareness Month this April.
Nearly 700 tickets were sold through Autism Speaks for this 3rd annual event, placing Autism Speaks in the “Heavy Hitter’s Club” again this year. Thank you to all the families who came out to this year’s game to watch the Orioles take on the Blue Jays!
The pre-game festivity highlights included: the throwing of the first pitch by 6-year-old Owen Skerry of “Team O’Dawg” with the Baltimore Walk Now for Autism Speaks; a check presentation made by Brendan Behan with the Course for the Cause for $12,000 to Autism Speaks and Baltimore Walk team representative Andy Gaiser; and John McConnell of team “Brennan’s Brigade” accepting the Heavy Hitters award.
In addition to the pre-game ceremonies and awareness announcements, the Baltimore Orioles generously provided a quiet room for families in need of a sensory-friendly space during the game. The Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks U students of Towson University helped to share information and resources for families at the Autism Speaks community booth located along the concourse.
Coach Pat Skerry of Towson University men’s basketball and his son, Owen, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Skerry is the co-founder of Coaches Powering Forward for Autism, an event to raise autism awareness and advocate for the needs of families affected by autism through college basketball.
It was a great evening for all who attended to watch the Baltimore Orioles win against the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1. Be sure to save the date for our 11th Annual Baltimore Walk Now for Autism Speaks this November 14th at M&T Bank Stadium Lot C: www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/baltimore.