RedHawks help raise awareness of autism

Friday, April 1, 2016

PULASKI, Tenn. -- April is Autism Awareness Month and the Martin Methodist Baseball and Softball teams are excited to help join the cause as they will host their second annual Autism Awareness Night doubleheader at the East Campus on Friday, April 15.

The RedHawk Softball team will host the University of Mobile in a critical SSAC doubleheader while the RedHawk Baseball team will play the first game of its three-game set against Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.).

Blue attire

In addition to special pregame ceremonies, RedHawk fans are also encouraged to trade in their traditional red attire for blue. All fans who attend the doubleheader wearing blue will be admitted free. Additional donation booths will be set up for fans that wish to help raise funds toward autism awareness.

First pitch in the RedHawk Softball doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. with RedHawk baseball set to begin its ballgame at 6 p.m. The special autism awareness recognition is expected to take place at 5:45.

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys and its prevalence figures are growing. According to Autismspeaks.org, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S. and costs a family $60,000 a year on average. At this time, there is no medical detection or cure for autism.