4/5/2014 5:56 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - Autism Awareness month kicked off with a day of volleyball and raffle prizes.
Organizers from the Browning Social Service Club of New River Community and Technical College said this year's volleyball tournament was the biggest turnout they have ever seen. The event has reached its 5th year, and all teams playing are raising money for the Angel Fund. Teams have to pay an entry fee in order to compete, but organizers said all proceeds stay local.
The tournament was hosted by The Place, behind the United Methodist Temple in Beckley. Organizer Angela Akers, said 18 teams were duking it out in hopes of becoming champions.
Akers said the number of autistic children has been on the rise; “the numbers are growing, it seems like every year and we're all aware of autism. At our center we want to start focusing on the solution. What can we do with autism? At our center we do the biomedical therapies, those unfortunately are not covered by any types of insurance and that's where the angel fund kicks in."
Browning Social services said all food items were donated, and proceeds from sales and team entry fees will go to the Autism Recovery and Resource Center in Beckley.