Frozen Ropes of Long Island, a premier baseball and softball training academy, and WFAN, the New York Mets radio station, have joined together to support Autism Speaks. Every time a Mets
strikes out a batter for the rest of the season, Frozen Ropes will donate $25 to Autism Speaks. WFAN will announce the totals at the end of the broadcast of each game and invite people to visit the Autism Speaks web site at www.autismspeaks.org for more information.
Frozen Ropes Managing Partner Chris Mastoridis explains, “We're a family oriented business and Autism Speaks is an organization that supports families in difficult situations. It's a natural fit.”
WFAN, which is part of CBS Radio Sports, helped arrange the partnership. “CBS Radio Sports and WFAN are proud to be a little piece of the puzzle in helping raise awareness for autism,” says account manager Sean Smith of CBS Radio Sports.
Howie Rose, the radio voice of the New York Mets, says “Before a recent game at Shea Stadium, a six-year-old girl named Gina Marie Incandela sang the National Anthem. Her performance, on its own, was outstanding. More to the point, it was truly inspirational. Gina has autism, and did not even speak for the first several years of her life. Her family didn't know if they would ever hear the sound of her voice. Happily, she has performed the anthem at several sites around major league baseball. The story of Gina Marie Incandela underscores the value as well as the results of these donations.”
Frozen Ropes and WFAN will make an on-field check presentation to Autism Speaks at the end of the season.