NYRB Autism Awareness Match v Chicago Fire April 21 @3:30 p.m.

By Sean McCaffery, April 13, 2018

Autism Speaks will get $3.oo of each ticket sold for this day as the team welcomes families impacted by Autism. "our club, including players, coaches and front office staff is dedicated to making this afternon a memorable one for all families impacted" stated GM Marc de Grandpre. Last season RBNY were the first team in MLS establishing a Sensory Room at their home field and it is a permanent installation, it was set up with the Family Services group in Autism Speaks. What it does is keep away the better part of the noise from the game with dimmed lighting and light colored walls to give a soothing effect along with the ever present visual aids, fidget toys and more. The RBNY Believe Program is an outreach effort for young athletes having special needs this is part of their player development system to help all players and levels of the game This innovative program is specially designed to deliver the chance to learn and play soccer to all with special needs. 

Special features in support of the Autism Awareness Match:

-RBA are security trained how to assist those impacted by Autism.

-Seperate enterances at Gate C1 for easy entry of families.

-Unique Quiet Zones in the "1935 Club" affording those in the autism community a sensory-friendly space.

-The COR Behavior Group present in the QUiet Zone to assist familes to return to the general seating area.

-Of course the Sensory Room will be open.

-Julia de Grandpre taking part of th coin-toss.

_From 12:30-1:30 the BULLevard will be music free.

-5,000 special themed game day posters for autism awareness.

-"Sensory Snacks", and more for the familes impacted by autism to include, noise cancelling headphones, stress balls & wristbands featuring seat location and other details.

-The recycled adidas Parley jerseys made of 13 recycled bottles with light blue names and numbers will be auctioned off with a puzzle piece.

This partnership is to further solutions over the spectrum and the life span for the needs of each with autism and their families. This is carried out via speaking out for them, supporting, building understanding with acceptance of those with autism, pushing research into the why and how of the spectum and other related conditions. The first 1,500 tickets sold upon mentioning Autism Speaks will get the limited edition RedBulls/Autism Awarenees scarf.