(Jan. 8, 2013) – The Tuscarora High School girls volleyball team will be hosting a fundraising event tonight on behalf of Autism Speaks. The event will showcase the Huskies coaches and alumni vs. seniors.
Autism research, family advocacy, and autism awareness are near to the hearts of several members of the Tuscarora volleyball coaching staff: Head Coach Meghan Puckli is an elementary teacher who has several autistic children in her classroom, Assistant Coach Shawn Gabel’s oldest son, Alexander, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 5, and Junior Varsity Coach Dawn Brackens is a teacher’s aide for autistic students at THS.
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reason often considered. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum with 1 out of 54 boys and 1 out of 252 girls in the United States.
- Date: Wednesday, January 8th
- Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
- Location: Tuscarora High School Main Gym
- Cost: $5 at the gate or donations on our Autism Speaks fundraiser website.
Donations will also be accepted at the game. Checks can be made out to “Autism Speaks”.