I have started a new charity, it’s called Autistic Spectrum Disorder Athletes or ASDathletes for short. For a number of years I have wanted to start my own charity/foundation but wasn’t sure what the charity would be about or who it would help.
With the changes over the past year in my household, things just fell into place and PRESTO! ASDathletes was created. Right now, ASDathletes is not a not-for-profit chartable (YET), but I will be getting the paperwork in place to make it a 501(c)(3) organization, this will mean if you decide to donate to ASDathletes, you receive tax deduction benefits, I’ll make an announcement when that happens.
I am very excited about this, but also very scared.
The “working” mission statement is to help those under the umbrella of autism enjoy athletics.
Lets face it, Autism can be pretty expensive: Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Special Diets, etc. Participating in sports is often overlooked or not even considered because of the cost associated with sports. Soccer was an important part of my life and I see now the therapeutic benefits of playing soccer both social and physical. So I have created this charity to help support those who want to participate in sports and help mediate the cost. Who knows, maybe one day, I’ll be sponsoring an Autistic Olympian. It sure would be nice to have a business trip to London in 2012!!!
The website for the charity is www.asdathletes.org