We’re teaching local university athletes how to mentor a buddy who has an autism diagnosis.
Then, those unique athlete-buddy pairs start forming their own natural friendships through learning and playing sports.
Our program gets back to the basics of being a kid: having fun and being inspired by the cool older athlete.
As a result, our A4A buddies have thrived on and off the field in situations where having autism can be exponentially challenging: scoring goals in team sports, following directions from coaches, trying new things, standing up to bullies, and communicating better — both verbally and nonverbally.
All equipment and play space is sponsored by local universities, so everyone plays for free and we invite “typical” kids to play at our A4A sessions, too.
No pressure, all fun. Will you help us change the game for our A4A buddies?