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Charlotte, NC. The Charlotte Checkers are teaming up with Autism Speaks to present “Icing Autism” on Saturday, January 10th when the Checkers battle the South Carolina Stingrays.

The event will be a way to generate awareness, education and funds to help find a cure for Autism which is a brain disorder that is diagnosed in one of every 150 children in the United States. A portion of every ticket sold will go directly to Autism Speaks and other Autism related groups to continue the search for a cure.

“Autism Speaks is proud to continue to grow its relationship for the Charlotte Checkers, by helping drive this year’s first annual Icing Autism Event. The Checkers have a long history of helping community organizations and our partnership will help raise awareness and funds for autism,” said Robert D’Amelio North Carolina community advocacy chair for Autism Speaks.

“I’m excited to be working with a class organization like the Checkers to bring awareness to local charities that do amazing work with Autistic children and adults,” remarked Mike McBride, a local parent organizer.

“We are so thrilled to have been able to add this night to our calendar,” said Tera Black, Checkers COO. “There are so many people that are affected by Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders and for us to be able to provide a forum where resources can be collected is just such a great opportunity. Further we look forward to utilizing our game as a means to educate our fans on the facts of Autism.”

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. With 2007 revenues of $6.4 billion, Goodrich is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and employs more than 24,000 people worldwide in approximately 90 facilities across 16 countries.

The Checkers are playing their 16th season of play as a member of the ECHL. The next home game will take place on Nov. In the team’s 15 year history, the Checkers have made the playoffs 11 times including four consecutive playoff appearances to date. The Checkers are entering their fourth season of play at Time Warner Cable Arena. Season tickets are on sale now with full season packages starting at just $396.
ham polo club Checkers Fight To Ice Autism