Posted by: Autism Speaks | October 26, 2010

2010 Oklahoma Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Peyton's Warriors cheer Peyton on as he rounds the bases.

On Saturday, October 16, Oklahoma joined together to celebrate their loved ones affected by autism.  Over 1,000 participants gathered at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark for the annual Oklahoma Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  More than 100 teams fundraised to raise over $42,000 for Autism Speaks!  Each participant and fundraiser played an integral part of a this effort to make a difference for all those who struggle with autism.

The Oklahoma Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held on a beautiful fall day in Oklahoma.  Opening Ceremonies were a real treat this year as we listened to “Why I Walk” monologues from five different Team Captains.  Callie Black, Kacy Oltmann, Sacia Edwards, Sara Kuykendall and Heather Hodge shared sincere thoughts about why it is important to participate in this annual event and what it means to their family and friends.  The crowd was touched as their loved ones with autism circled the bases during their individual monologues.  We thank each of them for being willing to share the details of their personal journey! 

We also celebrated the fundraising efforts of our top teams: BradySpeaks, Peyton’s Warriors, Joggin’ for Jayden, Gabriel’s Angels, Beckem’s Buddies & Garin’s Gang!  We also celebrated our well as our fabulous Grand Club Members:  The Brady Speaks Foundation, Kacy Oltmann, Gerry Hodge, Sacia Edwards, Sara Kuykendall and Callie Black.  A huge thanks to each of our fundraisers for their support!  

Team Gibson's Goonies helps lead the crowd in their laps around the stadium.

Geoffrey from Toys”R”Us was then led to the starting line along with top teams  to begin the official Walk.  As participants circled the ballpark, they read facts about autism as well as reminders of the mission of Autism Speaks. Attendees enjoyed the talents of “Daylate the Clown”, “Rowdy Redhawk”, face painting, bounce houses, activities and refreshments as well as a feeling of support from a community that has come together to make a difference for all those who struggle with autism!

We would like to thank our National sponsors:  Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us as well as local sponsors, Minute Rice and The Brady Speaks Foundation.  We acknowledge the outstanding volunteer efforts from Alpha Xi Delta and their Alunmi as well as various other volunteers from the community.  We also recognize our resource fair vendors who came out to the event with fun activities for the whole family! 

Do you have pictures from the Walk that you would like to share?   Are you are interested in becoming a part of our planning committee to make the 2011 Walk even better?  If so, please contact us at oklahoma@autismspeaks.org.

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