Morristown wrestling tourney to raise money for autism research, June 14, June

mhs colonials wrestling logoThe annual tournament of Morristown’s Colonial Wrestling Club will raise money for autism research on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Morristown High.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the third annual Greater Morris Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a campaign that culminates with a special day in October at Central Park in Morris Plains.

The tournament is open to Pee-wee, Bantam, Midget, Junior, Intermediate and High School Divisions.  Here are full details, from the Colonials Wrestling Club and Greater Morristown Walk:

Morristown, NJ, Saturday, June 14, 2014.– Colonial Wrestling Club will host its annual Morristown Wrestling Tournament, on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Morristown High School. The tournament is open to Pee-wee, Bantam, Midget, Junior, Intermediate and High School Divisions with a portion of proceeds benefiting the 3rd annual Greater Morris Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event, which will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Central Park in Morris Plains.

Weigh-Ins begin Friday, June 13.

Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, including 1 in 42 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, North America’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, drawing hundreds of thousands of participants in more than 100 cities across North America to support autism research, awareness and advocacy.

Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The day includes a two to three-mile Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism.

“The Morristown Wrestling Tournament will be a great opportunity to increase awareness of autism with the wrestlers from North Jersey and beyond that participate. The tournament takes on special meaning this year by supporting the upcoming Greater Morris Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks,” said Francis Dunn, Development Chairmen for the Greater Morris Walk and team captain of walk team: Team Liam.

“We encourage everyone to come out and show their support for both Colonial Wrestling Club and Autism Speaks. We can all help increase awareness of autism and raise funds to support Autism Speaks’ work both nationally and locally to make a difference for people with autism and their families.”

To register for the Morristown Wrestling Tournament or for more information, please email morristownwrestlingtournament@gmail.com or call Greg Campbell at 973-214-8990. The registration form can also be found on the MHS Wrestling Boosters & Alumni page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mhswrestlingboosters .

For more information about the 2014 Greater Morris Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org or contact Kori Buro, Director of Field Development for Autism Speaks, NNJ & Greater Morris. For the eighth consecutive year, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® proudly serve as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families.

Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.



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