Since 2004, the Boston University (BU) Men’s Ice Hockey Team has supported Autism Speaks, on the ice and at events throughout Greater Boston. On Saturday night, they once again hosted families and individuals with autism for a night of hockey and promoting autism awareness.
For the third season, the team is wearing Autism Speaks Puzzle Pieces on their home, away, and special jerseys all season long! Before the game, Kris Brassil, Agganis Arena’s General Manager, and Drew Marrochello, BU Athletic Director, presented Autism Speaks New England Chapter Board Chairman, Larry Cancro with one of the personalized jerseys for her and his daughter, Lisa.
“Since adopting Autism Speaks as their official charity in 2004, the Boston University hockey team has continued to find new ways to show their support for this cause. This year they have taken their support to a new level by wearing specially designed jerseys to commemorate Autism Speaks Night at Agganis Arena,” said Larry Cancro, Chairman of Autism Speaks, New England. These jerseys will help raise awareness for the autism community and can be used to raise funds for Autism Speaks.
In a video before the game, Anthony Moccia, Goalie, said, “It is a great pleasure and honor to show support to the parents and people with autism. Regardless of if we win tonight, this game is for them, too!”
David Rosenzweig, Greater Boston Committee Member, was proud to serve as Honorary Captain! He was introduced during the line-up and presented Coach Quinn with the team’s Community Partner Award. As an adult with autism, David is very concerned about the availability of adult services and residential supports and was pleased to use his role as Honorary Captain to raise awareness of this need in the community.
Singing the National Anthem was Hana Bella Ruran, of Hopkinton, MA. A 4th grader at Metro West Jewish Day School, in Framingham, Hana is especially devoted to her 8 year old brother Jack who has autism. Seeing his daughter sing was even more meaningful for Hana’s father and Greater Boston Committee member, Dani Ruran, “I'm proud of my law school alma mater for supporting Autism Speaks.”
During the game, any individuals needing a break from the excitement of Agganis Arena, could find relief in the Quiet Room provided by BU Athletics. In addition to providing the Quiet Room, the buzzer did not sound when a goal was scored out of consideration for those with a sensitivity to sound.
The Autism Speaks U BU Chapter hosted a table with information and merchandise for sale. They also sold hundreds of pucks for the Chuck-A-Puck contest which took place during the second intermission! The winner received one of the Autism Speaks Jerseys!
BU Hockey Fans learned about autism and Autism Speaks throughout the game with PSA and announcements! While it may not have been a win in the books for BU, it was a huge win for individuals and families in the autism community!