February 2, 2011

Colgate's Autism Awareness Project Enjoys Successful Kick-Off Weekend

Autism Awareness Project

HAMILTON, N.Y.
 – The Colgate women's hockey team had a successful weekend with its Autism Awareness Project. So far, the team has raised $12,000 towards autism research from the Player Puzzle Fundraiser and donations over the weekend. 

“The kick-off event for our Autism Awareness Project went fantastic,” stated head coach Scott Wiley. “The whole weekend far exceeded any of our expectations. Our players did a great job helping to make this event a huge success and deserve much of the credit. I am thrilled that we are able to raise awareness and funds for autism.”

All proceeds from the project will go to Autism Speaks U, Family Resource Network, The Kelberman Center and The Oz Project.

The Light Up Starr Rink Blue game against RPI on Friday, Jan. 28 was a success, attracting 1,038 fans from all walks of life, which surpassed the goal of 1,000 fans, all of whom were wearing light blue, the color of autism. Fans at the game ranged from groups of autistic kids attending the event to students from the Delta Delta Delta house who won the Greek Challenge by having the most students from their house at the game.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” Wiley said. “The support we received from the Colgate community was really special. To reach our goal of 1,000 fans in attendance was amazing and to see the outpouring of support for Autism awareness was great. A special thanks goes to all our fellow athletes, the pep band, the Greek organizations, faculty and staff members, our sponsors and all the students who attended. Our team really fed off your enthusiasm and support. Getting the two wins was also a great step forward for our team.”

Over the weekend, the team wore special puzzle-piece jerseys designed by OT Sports as part of its awareness campaign. The jerseys, along with commemorative pucks and items worn by the coaching staff, are now being auctioned off through an online silent auction that started after Friday's game. Bidding will continue until February 11, 2011. For more information about bidding for the jerseys, please visit www.colgate.edu/autism.

Given the success of the project, the team will continue to create awareness and raise money for autism research, so look out for future events and projects.