Play Ball for Autism!
with The RiverDogs at Charleston's Joseph P. Riley, Jr Park
On August 12, 2018, we proudly presented:
Play Ball for Autism! is a special day designed specifically for families impacted by Autism. Our inaugural event was held - with great success - at Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley, Jr Park before and during the RiverDogs game.
Before the game began, we broke new ground with the private opening of the park for children with Autism and their families to participate in art- and movement-based activities overseen by Autism specialists from MUSC and other local entities.
Included among our special guests were Dr. Joan Fallon, CEO and Founder of Curemark, Dr. Frampton Gwynette of MUSC’S Project Rex, as well as other nationwide leaders in Autism support. We were also joined by Reggie Sanders, former MLB player and World Series champion. Walkaround Julia, the Muppet from Sesame Street who has autism, joined us too! We were fortunate to have the participation of PBS, SCETV, Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop, MUSC and their Project Rex, and Lowcountry Autism Foundation. Documenting our project is award winning documentary film maker Ron Small.
We also unveiled “Me, Myself, and I: A Child’s Self-Portrait Exploration”. This project was designed specifically for children and increases pathways of creativity, allowing children to express themselves through their own image. Learn more about Me, Myself, and I here.