5K for Autism Awareness Sunday
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013
In the spirit of Autism Awareness Month, the brothers of Theta Delta Chi (TDX) fraternity are partnering with Autism Speaks U for their second annual charity 5K walk/run. The 5K will take place at noon on Sunday, April 28.
Autism Speaks U is a program created to support college students in their efforts to raise awareness for Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research toward the prevention of autism. The organization, which was started in 2005, also advocates for awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals affected by autism.
"Many of the TDX fraternity brothers at Hobart have some kind of connection to autism and understand how it affects families throughout the world," says Greg Kreisinger '14, TDX president.
Autism now affects every one in 88 children, and costs American families $137 billion annually. Autism Speaks has become the national official philanthropy of Theta Delta Chi, so chapters across the country have been "committed to working together with the organization to raise money for a great cause," explains Kreisinger.
This 5K is open to the public; community members are invited to participate. The run will begin behind Bristol Field House on Stiles Field. Students can register for the event during lunch and dinner hours in Scandling Center through April 26. Registration is also available online, as well as at the event on Sunday. The $10 registration fee can be paid in cash, credit or debit, or through student charge account. This year's goal is to raise $4,000 and donations are welcomed.
To register or donate online, visit Autism Speaks.