Autism Speaks U Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
Autism Speaks U, an initiative of Autism Speaks, focuses on engaging the young philanthropists of the world and connecting college students with the autism community. Autism Speaks U kicked off Autism Awareness Month with fundraising events led by college students nationwide.
On April 10, 2010 the fifth annual “We Are…Curing Autism Now” 5k race/3k walk presented by Beta Sigma Beta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau took center stage in State College, Penn. More than 1,200 participants joined in on the day’s fun. The event, co-hosted by Penn State football’s play-by-play announcer, Steve Jones, and Drew Shannon of 105.9 Qwik Rock, featured a performance by the Whiplash dance team. With nearly $100,000 raised this year, the event has raised more than $650,000 since its inception in 2006.
The following weekend, the second annual “Fear the Turtle, Find a Cure for Autism” 5k race/3k walk took place on at the University of Maryland. To start the event, PandemoniUM, the University’s most eclectic co-ed a cappella group, sang the national anthem. Presented by the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the sisters of Sigma Delta Tau, the event brought together over 220 members of the campus and community to help raise both funds and awareness for autism. Raising nearly $20,000, the event looks to break the $50,000 mark in just two short years.
Other recent Autism Speaks U events included New Mexico Highland University’s first run/walk, with 150 walkers raising approximately $2,200, and Curry College’s “Work Out for Autism” event which raised $1,300 with 50 students participating.
The team at Autism Speaks U supports students in planning and executing awareness and fundraising events. Together, we build awareness about autism and raise critical funds to help all those affected by autism. To get involved with Autism Speaks U, contact Sarah Caminker at firstname.lastname@example.org and become the next student leader at your school.
Check out photos from these Autism Speaks U events below!