On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Washington Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends participated in Walk Now for Autism, a charity walk benefiting Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks. The wives and girlfriends encouraged Caps fans to sign up to walk and help fundraise and the Caps team of Walkers raised $6,711 for Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks. Thousands of people participated in the three-mile walk which took place on the National Mall and the event raised more than $700,000.
Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig, whose son Carson is autistic, also attended the walk. He signed autographs and spoke in the opening ceremonies. Kolzig thanked the participants for their support and talked about Athletes Against Autism, which he co-founded and is an initiative of Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks. Kolzig urged the participants to support the Capitals Autism Awareness Night, which is taking place at the Caps game against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 24. About Athletes Against Autism
Athletes Against Autism was founded by a group of athletes, touched by autism, who are harnessing their efforts into one voice in order to raise awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and family support programs. For more information about Athletes Against Autism, visit www.athletesagainstautism.org. About Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now
Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now are dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. Cure Autism Now was founded in 1995 by Jonathan Shestack and Portia Iversen, parents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to increasing awareness of the nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. Together the organizations have awarded autism research grants valued at more than $50 million. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org. To learn more about Cure Autism Now, please visit www.cureautismnow.org.