Milwaukee, WI (April 14, 2014) -- Autism Awareness Night with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday was one for the record books, as Miller Park was near capacity and many of the seats were filled with families and individuals affected by autism. The Milwaukee Brewers helped shine a light on all individuals with autism by create autism awareness throughout the game. The evening started with a first pitch thrown by 8-year-old Jack Madlung. Jack was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 2 ½ and has been working hard to overcome any obstacles in his way! To prepare for the first pitch, Jack rehearsed with is peer social skills group; by watching social skill videos and reading social stories about throwing a first pitch. His hard work at The Center really paid off; Jack not only threw a strike but also turned to his grandfather mid-game and asked “Papa, can we do that again?”
The evening continued with a rendition for the National Anthem by Eric Look and Noelle Jewell Braun. Eric, a very gifted young man with autism, and his friend Noelle also sang at our recent event, Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2014. Following the National Anthem, the game began with one loud “Play Ball!” from Drew Cluka. Drew enjoyed talking into the microphone and Bernie, the Milwaukee Brewers mascot.
The Milwaukee Brewers provided an information table for event attendees to go learn about warning signs of autism, local upcoming autism events and to gather resources about local and national support tools for their loved one with autism. Thank you to all the families who attended the Autism Awareness Night with the Milwaukee Brewers, and thank you to the Milwaukee Brewers for being such great community partners and supporters! Autism Speaks and the families were serve thank you.
Boy with autism throws first pitch at Milwaukee Brewers Autism Awareness Night Game
Singer with autism sings National Anthem at Milwaukee Brewers Autism Awareness Night Game