Baseball to Help Strike Out Autism on Saturday

Baseball to Help Strike Out Autism on Saturday

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DeLAND--Stetson Baseball will be hosting its annual Strike Out Autism game on Saturday April 19th at 1:00p.m. when the Hatters host Lipscomb at Melching Field.

Stetson is partnering with the Autism Society of Greater Orlando for the day's events. The event will bring autism awareness to the community, while providing a fun, stress free day for individuals with autism and their families.  The day's festivities will begin with an Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Stetson Student Athletic Advisory Committee,  at noon and will include multiple Golden Eggs with prizes such as the chance to throw out a first pitch and free tickets to an upcoming game.   
In addition, as part of the day, children, young adults, and families affected by Autism will be singing the National Anthem, throwing out the first pitch, and participating in multiple in game promotions throughout the day.  

“This is truly their day to shine and show all the Hatter Fans what they can accomplish,” says Donna Lorman Executive Director of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando. “For a child with autism, athletics is usually something that proves very difficult for them, especially in a highly competitive game.  What we have seen over the years is an increase in Miracle or Challenger leagues that allow children with autism to experience athletics alongside their non-disabled peers. They have been able to be part of a team. They have been able to comprehend that practice and hard work helps them develop skills that can be used in their everyday lives.”

Game tickets are still available, and a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated back to the Autism Society of Great Orlando. To purchase your tickets to the game, please contact David Shelton at 386-822-8124 or purchase online at


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