polo ad Charlotte Eagles Partner For Autism in 2009
Matthews, NC Learn from the ProsTM and the Charlotte Eagles announced their 2009 partnership with Autism Speaks Greater Charlotte Chapter today at Eagles Headquarters in Matthews. The partnership will involve one of the largest collaborative efforts the Eagles will undertake as they offer a soccer camp program designed specifically for children with Autism.
The partnership will also include a special night at the Charlotte Eagles Home Opener on April 25th. The month of April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Eagles will join Autism Speaks Greater Charlotte Chapter to continue that awareness.
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.
The Eagles for Autism Camp will be provided free of charge, in large part to the Learn from the ProsTM 2009 Sponsors. It will be staffed by the Charlotte Eagles Professional team roster and the Charlotte Lady Eagles W League team roster, in addition to an extensive number of volunteers who are joining the effort.
The camp will be held from 9am 12pm at Freedom Park on June 15 19. Camper registration and volunteer registration will officially open on January 15th. Attendees at the Autism Speaks Greater Charlotte Chapter’s Awards Banquet that night will get a special opportunity to be the first volunteers to sign up.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this major effort,” stated Nathan Krum, Director of Soccer Programs. “Autism is an issue that is close to my heart, and I have been very excited to offer a program that will give an amazing opportunity to these special children and create awareness on this issue.”
Krum also acknowledged the major task at hand as the camp will require 1:1 ratios of campers to staff. “This is by far the largest collaborative effort of the year, but the nature of this camp will not stop us from making this an event that will provide hope and encouragement to so many people affected by this disorder.” Krum continued to say that he has been inspired by the amount of support the program has received as the community has come together to join the effort. He also reiterated how the Eagles do not want this to be about them, but about the children and families involved. “This isn’t about us. I have always believed the Learn from the ProsTM program is a resource for our community to impact the lives of the children and families involved. We are here to reach out to these families, and with the help of Autism Speaks Greater Charlotte Chapter,
I believe we can do that.”
Jennifer Clancy, the 2009 Carolinas Walk for Autism Co Chair, also talked about her excitement for such a unique camp to be offered. “I am very excited about Autism Speaks’ recent partnership with the Charlotte Eagles and their endeavors to work with us in order to provide a free soccer camp to children living with autism. This coming summer, local children will get the opportunity to not only learn soccer skills, but also have fun socializing in a safe and positive environment with caring volunteers. This is a great thing!”
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,