Minutemen Football Supports Autism Awareness 3K/5K Run And Walk
April 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass football program came together to support the Autism Speaks U 5K Run on Sunday afternoon, volunteering at and running in the event held at Kendrick Park in Amherst, Mass. Head coach Charley Molnar, safeties coach Ted Daisher and recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Shane Waldron participated in the 5K run. Student-athletes from the squad volunteered their time and energy at various operational booths, including serving water to runners at different points in the course and staffing the post-run refreshments area.
This is the second year Coach Molnar participated in the race and members of the football program volunteered as staff members. Sunday's event was 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 impacts 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 toward supporting college students, alumni and faculty in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts.
In his second year as head coach at UMass, community service has been an important initiative for 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.