Autism Speaks... Its Time to Listen and Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

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CLEVELAND, OH - April 1, 2010 - The Cavaliers, as part of an NBA league-wide initiative, have partnered with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism and the international organization Autism Speaks, to recognize World Autism Awareness Day on Friday, April 2nd. The Cavs vs. Atlanta Hawks game that night at Quicken Loans Arena (8:00 p.m.) will be dedicated to bring awareness about the developmental brain disorder.

Children from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism will be special guests of the Cavs for the night and will participate in the pregame Courtside Kids program where they can go on the court to take pictures of the players warming up. They will also take part in the Nike High Five tunnel, greeting the players as they come onto the court. There will be a designated “quiet room” available during the game for children with autism and their families.

As part of a worldwide event, the Cavaliers will be taking part in Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign by projecting a giant blue puzzle piece on the south side of Quicken Loans Arena. In addition, the interior of two of The Q’s main entrances, the Time Warner and Arcade entrances, will be lit up in blue. The Cavs coaches and broadcasters will also be wearing blue that night. There will be in-game public service announcements about autism, and The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Autism Speaks will have informational tables on The Q’s concourse.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Autism Speaks is committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

For more information on Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.