Run Until All the Pieces Fit

Autism Speaks U at Texas A&M had our first 3k fun run last Saturday, April 29th! The run was organized by Gaby, our autism awareness committee director. The purpose of this event was to gain support for autism awareness and fundraise for our organization. 

The event started at 8:00 am; it was a very windy morning and the weather was perfect for a run. When they reached the finish line, the runners were treated with a wristband, refreshments, and a very cute puppy.

Overall, we had a good turnout and hope to have many more fun runs in support of autism awareness in the future.

Light It Up Blue

This April 2nd, Autism Speaks U at TAMU held its first annual Light It Up Blue Carnival. Light It Up Blue is a campaign started by Autism Speaks to commemorate international World Autism Awareness Day, which is recognized by the United Nations. Many famous buildings and landmarks have been lit up blue in honor of this day. 

The carnival attracted a large crowd, with adults and children from all over the community coming to support the Light It Up Blue campaign and autism awareness. The room was decorated with blue lights, and there was free food sponsored by Domino's Pizza, carnival games, and live music from a member of Texas A&M's HardChord DynaMix Acappella, Justin DYLN Gilbert. 

Overall, the event was a huge success and ASU at TAMU is looking forward to hosting an even bigger and better Light It Up Blue event next April 2nd!

The Big Event

The Big Event is an annual service project held at Texas A&M. This year on April 25th, thousands of students from A&M gathered to serve the Bryan-College Station community. Autism Speaks U was one of the numerous student organizations that participated. 

Before heading to their designated residents' house, all the students met at Kyle Field to eat breakfast, collect their tools, and get excited. ASU had a table where we passed out stickers and bracelets and offered free face-painting. We were also able to spread awareness of Autism Speaks and its mission. 

At around 8:45, we drove to the house of our appointed resident, who happened to be a friendly police officer. While we were there, the 7 of us split into small groups and focused on different tasks. These tasks included weeding, trimming bushes, and even cutting down a tree! Our resident was nice enough to buy us pizza and offer drinks.

We finished at about 2 pm, and by then, we were exhausted (in a good way!). Still, we had a lot of fun and are looking forward to participating again next year!

 

Coaches Powering Forward!

Today was the day of the Coaches Powering Forward basketball game, Texas A&M vs. Auburn. Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was established in 2014 by two NCAA coaches to raise autism awareness and support individuals living with autism. The game is autism-friendly; there was a quiet room where people with autism could watch the game without having to deal with all the noise!

Two of our officers, Emily and Angelle, were recognized as "Guest Coaches" before the game. During the game, we passed out free Autism Speaks mementos, including stickers, tattoos, and bracelets, as well as doing free face-painting. We also collected donations. This is our table.

Aggies won 81-62! After the game, we went down to the court to take pictures. We were able to get a picture with the Yell Leaders.