Autism knows no bounds. Every community can show support through fundraising and awareness with our easy-to-read guides. Community efforts are not only limited to local outreach, but often include working to get support from the celebrity community.
Often times, people believe that celebrities get involved in charitable efforts to better their image in the public eye. However, because the autism community is so unique, we at The Autism Research Foundation find that those who choose to work directly with us are doing so because they truly care and want to show support in whatever capacity they can. Wondering how you can get involved? Read about a real-life example with our inclusion program Athletes 4 Autism below.
Case Study: Athletes 4 Autism Wins as “GameChanger Charity of the Year”
During June 2012, Athletes 4 Autism was named PopChips “GameChanger Charity of the Year.” The prize? A day with local New England Patriots legend Deion Branch! Wondering how it got to this point? Let’s rewind.
PopChips game changers charity program aims to highlight a charity within the community whose efforts and success have placed them above the rest. For this particular contest, charities signed up to be considered, and went through rounds of voting to determine the winner of a day with Deion Branch. With the help of community supporters like you, Athletes 4 Autism not only landed on the list of “Top 5 Charities,” but also took home the coveted title of “GameChanger Charity of the Year.”
Deion Branch spent some time at “Athletes 4 Autism Day,” which was held in Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center. The featured kids and parents who participated in drills and activities with BU athletes who mentored during the school year for Athletes 4 Autism’s sports clinics. Branch came to run some drills with the participating kids, talk about his life as a professional athlete, and gave some tips on staying healthy and active. He even showed off his favorite touchdown dance!
The event turned out to be extremely successful and fun for all of those involved, but it was all possible because of community outreach efforts. Simply by sharing a link and having family and friends vote to support a cause close to our supporters’ hearts, they were able to bring a professional athlete to spend a day with children who don’t always get that special chance.