The mission statement of Athletes 4 Autism is “Because life isn’t a spectator sport.” But for the one million Americans afflicted with autism, that’s exactly how it can feel — removed from the rest of the world.
However, Athletes 4 Autism looks to break down such walls. A volunter-run organization and part of The Autism Research Foundation, A4A’s goal is simple: to team up top-quality athletes to mentor an individual who can benefit from some time playing a game they love. Boston University defenseman Sean Escobedo is just one of those taking part, and his two-year story of teaming up with young Derek can be watched above.
And if you want to learn more about Athletes 4 Autism, you can visit their website at athletes-4-autism.org.