As Baltimore Orioles fans make their way to Oriole Park at Camden Yards this afternoon for the series finale against Boston, there’s something special about today’s game that they should know. The Orioles are declaring today “Autism Awareness Day” at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. My hope in fact that it’s the first “annual” Autism Awareness Day.
The Orioles are very close to this particular cause, because it’s affected various high-profile members of the organization. Former Oriole B.J. Surhoff‘s son has autism, as does the stepson of Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. OriolesReach (the team’s charity wing) does a lot of outreach with Autism Speaks, among other charities dedicated to the cause, as well as Maryland Special Olympics.
And I can tell you that I’ve researched both organizations, and they’re both wonderful. Now with that said, the purpose of me writing about this today is personal. Autism has touched my own family, thus it’s a cause that’s very close to my heart. And I appreciate the fact that the Orioles have picked this particular cause in which to get involved.
Anyone who doesn’t already have tickets to today’s game but wants to purchase them can do so by visiting this special link. If you purchase tickets through this portal, $5 of every sale will go to Autism Speaks. So that’s a hefty donation at the end of the day that the Orioles will be making to that charity.
Fans needing to visit a “Quiet Room” during today’s game can also stop at Suite 73. This will provide a spot for families to watch the game without the noise of the stands, which can sometimes be overwhelming for kids with autism. Autism Speaks will also be participating in the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon, and they’ll have representatives at the Information Booth inside Gate D.
Again, I’m personally very appreciative that the O’s have taken up this specific cause. So in closing, all I can say is thank you!