Spare Some For Autism Hosts First Celebrity/CEO Kids Bowling Challenge
October 10, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News(Raleigh, NC) October 10, 2007 –Spare Some for Autism, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with Autism, is now in full operation and encouraging others to get involved. Spare Some for Autism also seeks to support families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by educating them on such topics as literacy and coping with disabilities so that families will be better prepared to support each other.
“The purpose of Spare Some for Autism is to encourage those in the community to give whatever they can to help find answers and, ultimately, a cure for those who suffer from ASD,” stated Beth Jarvis, Executive Director of Spare Some for Autism. “Our desire is that people will be moved to spare some time, spare some love and spare some hope for those individuals who deal with this disorder on a daily basis.”
Although the organization was only recently established, Spare Some for Autism is already working hard on its first Celebrity/CEO Kids Bowling Challenge. The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to be the presenting sponsor and Pump It Up of Raleigh and Wake Forest has signed on to be the Pairings Party sponsor.
This year’s Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge will be held Sunday, March 2, 2008 at AMF Pleasant Valley from 5pm to 7pm. Local celebrities, including members of the Carolina Hurricanes, will sign bowling pins to be sold during the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the 2008 Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge will benefit the Wake County Public School System’s special-needs area in the form of a grant to further their work with students with autism.
As part of their ongoing support, Pump It Up will also host Special Needs Awareness Days every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm beginning October 15. The locations at 10700 World Trade Blvd in Raleigh and 230-107 Capcom Avenue in Wake Forest will donate a portion of their admission fee to Spare Some for Autism.
One in every 150 children born in the US has autism. It is estimated approximately 1 million in the US have this disorder. A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes There are 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year. The economic impact of autism is more than $90 billion and expected to more than double in the next decade. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases. (Source: Autism Society of America).
About the Spare Some for Autism
Spare Some for Autism seeks to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are dedicated to funding programs that will directly impact the individuals that suffer from ASD and allow them to achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school, and community, all while gaining respect and support for themselves.
Spare Some for Autism also seeks to support families affected by ASD by educating them on such topics as literacy and coping with disabilities so that families will be better prepared to support each other. Spare some time… spare some love… spare some hope. For more information about becoming a sponsor or how to take part in the 2008 Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge, visit www.sparesomeforautism.org.