Despite the dismal weather, an estimated 10,000 people enjoyed free ice cream, cotton candy, fruit, popcorn, and other treats as they raised awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism. Attendees also enjoyed video games, bounce houses, music from Deejay Gary Gore, the puppet show Swim with Mr. Blue and more! Some memorable moments included performances by The Exceptional Theatre Company; a rap group called “The Groundhogs,” and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Jonathan Richard, a young man with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Team NSU was, by far, the largest team with 358 registered walkers, 116 more walkers than last year! More importantly, Team NSU raised $13,168.00 (so far) in their efforts to fund autism research and programs for local children and adults with autism.
Autism Speaks will continue to accept donations on behalf of TEAM NSU, through the team website at www.tinyurl.com/TeamNSU or via the US Mail (form is on the website) until June before officially cutting off the donation period for 2010.
Many, thanks to the NSU students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and others who joined Team NSU.