The Autism Speaks club at Fordham lives out its mission of raising awareness and funds for Autism research. They host several fundraising events on campus throughout the year, with all proceeds going to the Autism Speaks foundation. Back in February, the Men’s Basketball team celebrated National College Basketball Autism Speaks Awareness Day during their game. The coaches all wore the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pins to show their support, which was an effective initiative since the games typically have high attendance. The club also holds several bake sales throughout the year to raise money for the organization.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and so on Friday the 1st the club had their biggest event of the year. Light It Up Blue is an annual gathering that always has a great turnout. It took place in McGinley Ballroom from 7-10pm, with tons of food and musical entertainment all night. There were live performances by Fordham’s own a cappella Ramblers and Satin Dolls, as well as the Fordham Dance Team (FDT). They also had a photo booth and raffle prizes including gift certificates to several different local eateries. Admission was $5, but as encouragement, it was only $3 for students wearing blue clothes or Autism Speaks apparel.
On Sunday April 10th Autism Speaks hosted their last event of the semester, the annual spring 5k Walk/Run. Registration opened at 12:45pm at tables outside the McGinley Center and the event kicked off at 1pm. It took place around the Rose Hill campus, helping to spread awareness right here in our own community. There was a Chipotle gift card awarded to the winner of the “race.” The fee for entry was $5, which included an Autism Speaks T-shirt. These shirts and other merchandise were also available for purchase separately. All donations collected went directly towards funding for Autism research.