Congratulations to all of the skaters and volunteers who participated in our Autism Awareness skate-a-thon. For each of the past three years, our Club has joined together in April to raise awareness of this developmental disorder. This is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United State. At present 1 in 68 children are affected with higher statistics in New Jersey.
Special thanks to Aryana Nazem who organized and hosted this years’ event. Aryana took the lead in promoting an event where skaters raised funds by skating 100 laps, competed for prizes as the fastest boy and girl skaters, as well as prizes for the highest fund raisers.
Proceeds from this event have been awarded to the New Beginnings School in Fairfield, NJ in the name of Luke C. who is a student there.
Said Nazem, “My mission was to raise as much awareness and funds as I could for this wonderful cause. I started raising funds in my home town of Syracuse NY and involved my second home at The Ice House where everyone was so generous and giving. The event was tons of fun with many skaters helping to raise funds as well. Participating in this cause was so near to my heart since I have family and friends who have Autism and I know I made them proud. What I have learned about Autism throughout this process is information I will keep and share for years to come, in hopes that one day there will be clarity and a cure. This affects so many people, and to be able to spread awareness makes me feel honored. I am so happy that I could play a part in solving a piece to this puzzle.”