The Texas Rangers will support Major League Baseball's league-wide autism awareness initiative on Saturday, April 20 in their evening game vs. the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Earlier this month, Major League Baseball announced it was teaming up with Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, in a league-wide effort to recognize Autism Awareness Month. All 30 MLB Clubs are raising awareness for the disorder during one home game in April, or on another date during the regular season. Many of the MLB Autism Awareness games throughout the league will provide special opportunities and a safe, friendly environment for families and individuals affected by autism.
The Rangers are providing a special ticket price on a variety of seating for Autism Speaks supporters that will also benefit the nonprofit with a $5 donation from each ticket sold at: www.TexasRangers.com/grouptickets. (Search for and click on Autism Speaks, and enter the password "speaks13".) The ceremonial first pitch on Saturday will feature 6-year-old Lily Johnson.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. For more information about autism and Autism Speaks go to: www.AutismSpeaks.org.
For more information about MLB Autism Awareness and to check on respective club dates commemorating the initiative, please visit MLBCommunity.org.