Autism Speaks teamed up with Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 2nd for Autism Awareness Night. Over 721 tickets were sold to support the Mission of Autism Speaks and a great time was had by all who attended, as our Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
Autism Speaks was represented on the field by Director, Field Development Southern California-Jennifer Jones, Director, Corporate Relations West Region- Matt Asner, Senior Coordinator Southern California- Sasha Spalding, 2015 Los Angeles Walk Chair- Charles Hassell and Self-Advocate and star of “My Name is David”- David Sharif!
We were also joined by Autism Speaks Southern California Board of Directors Chair, Mark Woodsmall and several Autism Community Partners and families who were invited to the field for the pregame festivities.
Before the game began, actress and mother, Holly Robison Pette sang the National Anthem. Eight children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder participated in “Kids Take the Field” with their favorite Dodger player and received an autographed baseball. The highlight of the pregame ceremony was a child on the spectrum, little Boyd Houser, throwing out the first pitch! Autism Speaks spread awareness at our two Information booths during the game.
Autism Speaks Southern California would like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for their continued support throughout the years. GO DODGERS!!!