Since 2019, Wilson and Autism Speaks have worked to create on-field products and promote a message of inclusion, acceptance and understanding for people on the autism spectrum. The lineup of baseball gear highlights Autism Speaks’ signature blue color and the “Love The Moment” message created specifically for this collaboration.
Wilson’s donation this year to Autism Speaks will help increase advocacy and support; provide reliable information and resources; and advance research into causes and better interventions with the goal of helping people across the autism spectrum and throughout the life span. With an estimated one in 36 children in the U.S. affected by autism, Autism Speaks is dedicated to enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Michael Markovich, the Global Commercial Director for Wilson Baseball and Softball, said the partnership with Autism Speaks has been widely accepted by ballplayers.
“Since our partnership began in 2019, we have received tremendous support from thousands of ballplayers for this collaboration,” Markovich said. “In order to generate even more funds for Autism Speaks’ mission of increasing inclusion, awareness and research, we continue to offer new products every year, including Wilson A2000s, EvoShield gear and apparel, and several Louisville Slugger Love The Moment bats. We’re also encouraging our distribution partners to join us in the mission to create a nationwide community more welcoming of all people on the spectrum and their families.”
A new Love The Moment A2000® baseball glove in the Autism Speaks® colorway is now available in conjunction with World Autism Month. The updated 2024 Love the Moment® A2000 1786 pairs Autism Speaks Blue Pro Stock® leather with Grey Pro Stock leather for unrivaled performance on the ball field, and an exclusive Love the Moment stamp on the pinky celebrates Wilson’s partnership with Autism Speaks.
In addition, EvoShield and Autism Speaks teamed up to release a trio of new Pro-SRZ™ 2.0 batter’s protective guards to share a message of inclusion and acceptance for people with autism. The new Pro-SRZ™ 2.0 Batter’s Elbow Guard, Double Strap Elbow Guard and Leg Guard join the EvoShield Sliding Mitt to expand the Love the Moment® collection of on-field equipment.
The 2024 Love the Moment release joins the complete 2023 Love the Moment collection of baseball gloves, an assortment of on-field products to promote a message of inclusion, acceptance and understanding for people with autism. All gloves feature Autism Speaks’ signature Blue color and the Love the Moment mark created specifically for this collaboration. In addition to the Love the Moment glove lineup, Wilson offers players the option to customize all Pro Stock® gloves with Love the Moment branding on the Wilson Custom Glove Builder. More than 3,000 players have taken advantage of this option in recent years. Ten percent of sales from these products are donated to Autism Speaks, with a minimum donation of $150,000 per year. From April 5 - 30, 2023 customers are invited to donate to Autism Speaks during checkout on wilson.com.
“At Autism Speaks, we are committed to creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential, whether that’s in the classroom in the workplace or even on the baseball field,” said Keith Wargo, Autism Speaks President, and Chief Executive Officer. “With Wilson’s continued support, we remain determined to do the most good for the most people with autism by addressing the diverse needs of the community, increasing understanding of their strengths and challenges and fostering kindness around the world.”
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