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by George Malik on 02/13/13 at 02:10 PM ET
The Macomb Daily's Jerry Wolfe reports that Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's going to donate tickets for Red Wings games to families affected by autism, starting this season, in association with the Autism Alliance of Michigan:
Kronwall, 32, was turned onto AAoM after hearing Anthony Ianni speak about awareness and safety training for those with autism who face bullying. Ianni, a recent Michigan State University graduate and basketball player, has been traveling the state sharing his story about overcoming the challenges he faced as a child in school and now as an adult. He speaks of a need for acceptance, understanding, and eliminating bullying of those with autism.
While bullying occurs throughout schools, those with autism and other disabilities are often bullied more frequently than those without any disability. People with autism have more than average social challenges since autism can interfere with one’s ability to community or understand social signals.
“I was moved by his message; the struggles and how much he has been able to accomplish in his life,” said Kronwall in a release by the Autism Alliance.“I am ready to give back to this community and can think of no better organization to target my own efforts around awareness and acceptance than the Autism Alliance of Michigan.”
The gift is appreciated by the Alliance.
“Niklas’ compassion for persons with autism is commendable,” said Colleen Allen, president and CEO of the Alliance.“We are honored that he is committed to spreading awareness of this challenging disorder on behalf of AAoM. His high profile status in our community will go a long way towards reaching those who may not understand autism through awareness and education, facilitating our efforts at community integration of persons with autism.”
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