On Friday, April 10, Autism Speaks in partnership with the Point of Hope foundation, hosted an Autism Awareness game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
One of many events nationwide during Autism Awareness Month, the special evening at Barclays Center honored the 1 in 68 children affected by autism spectrum disorders. Families of children on the spectrum watched the game from donated suite seats.
After the Nets' incredible win over the Wizards (117-80), the kids and their families had the chance to meet-and-greet with Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams for pictures and autographs. During the game, Williams wore blue Nike sneakers in honor of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign and Autism Awareness Month throughout April.
A three-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist, Williams is a leader on and off the court. The Point of Hope Foundation, established by Deron and his wife Amy in 2007, holds several events per year that are attended and praised by his NBA brethren.
Point of Hope, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families, is Deron's way of giving back to the communities that helped mold him into the man he is. The cause became a personal one for Deron Williams after his son was diagnosed with autism nearly four years ago.
Thank you Deron Williams, the staff of the Point of Hope foundation, Barclays Center staff and the Brooklyn Nets for helping make this amazing night possible! We also thank the NBA for their ongoing commitment to our community.