For the past 8 years, Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey Team has partnered with Autism Speaks to raise autism awareness and compassion. They have invited families to private practice sessions, hosted meet and greets, helped build play grounds, and volunteered for the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The team has publicized their involvement with Autism Speaks in media guides, blogs, newspapers, interviews, and at awareness nights in its arena.
This year, their partnership has continued to grow and the players are wearing an Autism Speaks puzzle patch on their jerseys for the entire season. This has created a whirlwind of media attention from TV, radio, and online sports reports. Both the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams have set up Puzzlebuilder fundraising pages, so individuals can purchase a $10 puzzle piece from each player. Their goal is to raise $10,000. Coach Parker also shot a Public Service Announcement about the team’s relationship with Autism Speaks and how important it is to get involved.
This weekend, the following games will be dedicated to Autism Speaks. If in the area, please attend and show your support!
BU Men’s Hockey Autism Awareness Game
Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm
Boston University—Agganis Arena
BU Women’s Hockey Autism Awareness Game
Sunday, February 19, 3pm
Boston University—Walter Brown Arena
Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster or at the ticket office window during the night of the game.
Autism Speaks is incredibly grateful to Coach Parker and the BU team for being so connected to the mission of the organization.