Lee University To Host Hoops 4 Hope-Autism Awarness Games

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Lee University men and women’s basketball teams will host the fourth annual Hoops 4 Hope-Autism Awareness games on Saturday (Feb. 8) when Union University visits. The Gulf South Conference contests are slated for 2 and 4 p.m.

The Flames and Lady Flames host the special event to help raise awareness for autism as well as raise funds for the Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom (LUDIC).

LUDIC is located on the Lee University Campus and currently serves 18 students from the Bradley County, Cleveland City, Athens City, Polk County, and Hamilton County systems. 

The mission of LUDIC, led by Dr. Tammy Johnson, is to serve the needs of students with the diagnosis of autism as well as their families. It also offers a unique opportunity for Lee University education students to have a hand’s on experience on campus.

Last year’s event raised over $2000 through T-shirt sales, donations, and half-time activities, and this year the Lee basketball teams are working to raise even more funds to benefit the students, families, and staff of LUDIC.

FACTS ABOUT AUTISM        

The prevalence rate of autism is doubling every four years

 

·         Today, it is estimated that one in every 88 children is diagnosed

                      with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer,

                      juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

 

·         Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 54

                      boys are diagnosed with autism.

 

·         Autism affects communication and ability to interact with others and

                      the environment.

 

·         Early intervention is the best treatment for autism.

 

·         Lee University is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in

                      the U.S. with a school for children with autism on their campus.


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