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Autism Speaks recognizes 9-year partnership with BU men’s ice hockey team

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 23, 2013 12:07 PM

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From left to right, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld, Autism Speaks Greater Boston Chair Larry Cancro, BU men’s hockey coach Jack Parker and Autism Speaks Greater Boston Executive Director Russ Kenn during pre-game ceremony honoring BU hockey’s involvement with Autism Speaks.

The following is a press release from Boston University’s Department of Athletics:

The Boston University men’s hockey team highlighted its partnership with Autism Speaks with its annual Autism Awareness game on Saturday, Jan. 19th, 2013 vs. UMass-Lowell at Agganis Arena. The Terriers promoted their relationship with Autism Speaks through a pre-game ceremony, public address announcements and information tables in the arena concourses.

As part of the pre-game ceremony, Autism Speaks recognized the BU men’s hockey program for their nearly decade-long partnership. President Liz Feld, Greater Boston Board Chair Larry Cancro, and Greater Boston Executive Director Russ Kenn presented Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker with a plaque recognizing the program’s long-standing support of Autism Speaks.

Prior to the game, BU also welcomed Gianna Hitsos, a high school junior and National Honor Society student at Groton Dunstable High School who has autism, to perform the national anthem. Three local Boston-area children with autism were also invited to perform a ceremonial puck drop.

Throughout the game, facts about autism were shared with those in attendance, and students from the BU’s chapter of Autism Speaks sold Boston University/ Autism Speaks co-branded merchandise on the Agganis Arena concourses. The Boston University coaching staff will continue to wear Autism Speaks pins,and the Terriers will continue sporting the Autism Speaks logo on their game jerseys. Boston University also provided 100 tickets Autism Speaks families to attend the game.

Since 2004, the Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey Team has partnered with Autism Speaks to raise autism awareness and compassion through private practice sessions, meet-and-greets, building playgrounds, and volunteering for the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the organization’s signature event.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

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