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Boy with Autism Throws First Pitch at Oakland Athletics Home Game

April 07, 2014

(April 7, 2014) -- Nine-year-old Evan Iyemura threw the first pitch for Oakland Athletics season opener and autism awareness game on Saturday April 5th. Evan has high-functioning autism, is a big supporter of Walk Now for Autism Speaks and adores the Oakland Athletics. Over 700 Autism Speaks supporters bought discounted tickets and watched baseball under blue skies. Families affected by ASD were offered a quiet suite, by the Oakland Athletics, where they could watch the game if their kids needed a softer atmosphere.

Major League Baseball is teaming up with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, in a league-wide effort to recognize Autism Awareness Month in April. All 30 MLB Clubs will raise awareness for the disorder during one home game in April, or on another date during the regular season. Many of the MLB Autism Awareness games throughout the league will provide special opportunities and a safe, friendly environment for families and individuals affected by autism.

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Learn how the world is Lighting It Up Blue for Autism Awareness in April.