UMass Football To Take Part In Autism Awareness 5K/3K Race On Sunday

As part of Autism Awareness Week, UMass Football installed blue lighting over its logo at the McGuirk Stadium Field House

April 3, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - Members of the UMass football team along with head coach Charley Molnar will take part in the Autism Awareness 3K/5K Race And Walk on Sunday April 7 at Kendrick Park in Amherst Center. The event begins with registration at 11 AM with opening ceremonies and the shotgun start for the race to follow.

This is the second year that Coach Molnar has run the race and members of the football program have volunteered to help run the event.

Sunday's event is geared towards raising awareness and funding for autism research. According to the Autism Speaks website, autism affects 1-in-11 children in the United States. The disorder affects the brain often inhibiting a person's ability to communicate, respond to surroundings and form relationships.

Autism Speaks U is an initiative of Autism Speaks and is geared to support college students, alumni and faculty in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. To date, this year's Austism Speaks U UMass Race/Walk has raised over $24,000.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers along with the top individual fundraiser and fundraising team. The event will also feature games and activities for children, entertainment, food, refreshments and a silent auction. There will also be performances from the UMass dance team, accapella ground, juggling team and more.

For more information on the 5th Annual Amherst 5K Run/3K Walk, fans can visit the Autism Speaks U website.

In his second year as head coach at UMass, community service has been an important initiative for Charley Molnar. In addition to the Autism Awareness Race, members of the UMass football team volunteer at local nursing homes, work with Habitat for Humanity, have worked at local schools, volunteered with Relay for Life, and held Bone Marrow Registration Drives. This past year, the program was also recognized by the UMass Athletic Department as the Community Service award-winner as part of the CHAMPS Cup competition.



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