In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, many of our athletes are competing this Saturday at Battleground South Bay: Benefitting Train 4 Autism Foundation. Our members have been preparing hard for this competition to show their support for this wonderful cause and we are excited to announce that as of this date, CrossFit Askal has raised $412 and $2,846 as a community.
About Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development and an estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S have been identified with it. Children with Autism have difficulty with (and not limited to) verbal and non-verbal communication, language development and trouble with learning and social interaction. The severity of ASD can range of varying degrees. Autism is difficult to diagnose since there is no medical test (like a blood test), to help diagnose and instead, autism is diagnosed by child’s behavior and development. There is currently no cure of ASD.
About Train 4 Autism (T4A)
Train 4 Autism is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by parents of children with Autism. T4A is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with Autism and their families through 10ks, 5ks, walks, triathlons, marathons, swimming and cycling events.
About Battleground South Bay
Battleground South Bay (BGSB) is a friendly, beginner focused crossfit-style competition. BGSB’s mission is to bring together the socially conscious crossfit community of the Los Angeles-South Bay area in an effort to raise awareness and funding for a cause dear to our heart, Autism. This Saturday will be the inaugural event and the first of hopefully many to come. Proceeds from this even benefit Train 4 Autism Foundation and it’s crossfit for special needs projects.
Why CrossFit Askal is involved
Many from our community either have a family member with autism, know someone with autism or work with autistic children through schools, programs and organizations. We have experienced firsthand how these funds help keep our local programs alive and benefit the kids and their families. We hope to continue this effort through the monies raised from Battleground South Bay.
How to Participate
- Donate. Please consider donating through our fundraising page.
- Volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at this Saturday’s event, please contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cheer. Come this Saturday and cheer on our athletes and community. For most of our members, this will be their first ever competition. Make signs, bring noise, and go cheer for them like crazy.
- Share. Spread the word and share this info with your family, friends, coworkers and community.
For more information
Centers of Disease Control (CDC)
National Institutes of Heath (NIH)
Train 4 Autism (T4A)