Group Raises Money for Children with Autism

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
April 7, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-Po'Boy on a Sunday afternoon is usually pretty crowded. But the people here today are packing the bar for a different reason. They're here to raise money for the Playball Program.

"Sports and music are the way of taking care of Autistic children. We got to make sure those kids are stimulated," said Jon Sweede ,owner of Po'Boys.

The program is a part of the Dick Howser's Childrens Center. It introduces sports to young children who have Autism.

And while funding for the program has been cut, organizers say events like this can keep the kids on the field for another year and develop critical motor and social skills.

"The more we expose children to the environment of a social norm the more that we can expect and the more that they will perform for us," said Terri Doxsee, a teacher at Roberts Elementary School who works with Autistic children.

The event drew people in with its live bands, prizes and Cornhole tournament. The group hopes to raise between $12,000 and $13,000 dollars.


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