(NEW YORK) Autism Speaks and the National Basketball Association (NBA) teamed up to host Tip-off for a Cure, a special gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art benefiting people affected by autism spectrum disorder.
Attendees included NBC sportscaster Josh Elliot serving as the evening’s emcee; and NBA Legends John Starks, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Rod Thorn, Daryl Dawkins, Tiny Archibald, Bob Lanier and Albert King.
“This is a night about unlocking potential,” said Elliot in his opening remarks. “It’s a night about believing in the 70 million children, teens and adults with autism like we believe in the child with the basketball and worn out sneakers.”
Honorees included Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams and his wife, Amy, parents of a son with autism, who are dedicated to advocating for the needs of families affected by the disorder; members of the Milwaukee Bucks ownership group -- Welsey Edens, Marc Lasry, James Dinan and Michael Fascitelli -- for their commitment to raising autism awareness; and Matt Greenfield, managing partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology.
Event chairs are Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks; Mel Karmazin; Henry Schacht, chairman emeritus at Gillen Brewer; Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA; and Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL.
Autism Speaks thanks NBA Cares for being an incredible partner in organizing this event and throughout the entire year.