New York, NY (April 27, 2014) -- The New York Mets hosted their Autism Awareness Day today at Citi Field to help raise awareness for autism. The festivities began two hours before the game started when our families got to take part in a pre-game party in the Bullpen Plaza which included several activities for those in attendance to enjoy.
One of the bigger highlights for the autism families was the Quiet Zone hosted by “Emerge and See” an educational center located in New York for children with Autism and other developmental and emotional differences. This area was pivotal as it gave families a place to head to who needed a quiet space before and during the game! These supports helped tremendously throughout the day. Their was also an Autism Friendly seating section blocked off for ticket holders where the speakers sounds were lowered along with family restrooms provided in the far corner.
Before the game began actor, singer, and Iraqi war veteran J.W. Cortes sang the national anthem with his 5-year-old son who's on the autism spectrum.
During the game Citi Field highlighted Autism Speaks signage including a PSA from our Maybe Campaign focused on learning the signs of autism.
Special thanks go out to the Mets staff and MLB for making this day possibile! A special shout-out goes to our Autism Speaks volunteers including several members from White Castle who donated their time to make a difference for our families.
You can learn more about our our partnership with Major League Baseball here.