The sporting world is becoming more autism-friendly one stadium at a time. NBC New York during their recent telecast highlighted the story of Marc de Grandpre, the New York Red Bulls general manager whose daughter Julia is 7-years-old and on the autism spectrum. Julia, who loves soccer has become a fan-favorite among the Red Bulls players for her love of the game.
New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty told NBC New York, “She’s a pretty special little girl. Her attitude is infectious.”
Thanks to her and the Red Bulls they will now be hosting an Autism Awareness Night when they play the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. At the game families will be able to sit in special sections of the arena, designated as “safe zones” that individuals with autism can go too if they feel overwhelmed.