Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Calhoun Starts New Autism Event

Jim Calhoun has launched a new event: The Jim Calhoun CardioRaiser – Workout for Autism Speaks, presented by Farmington Bank, to help raise important dollars for the autistic community. This family friendly fitness event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Cardio Express in Manchester and Southington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will be able to choose from a variety of cardio activities including Zumba, spinning, running or walking on treadmills, stair climbing, elliptical training, or riding a stationary bike. No matter the fitness level – there will be an activity for everyone. Panera Bread will be on site at both locations providing breakfast during registration, lunch during the day and food for the closing celebration at 3 pm.

Said Calhoun: “I am deeply committed to the cause of helping families confronting the many challenges of autism. It is my hope that this event will bring Connecticut families together to raise dollars so important to all those facing this complex neurobiological disorder. I am extremely grateful for all of the community support we have received thus far – presenting sponsor Farmington Bank, Cardio Express, The River 105.9, Country 92.5 and Panera Bread."

The dollars raised will go to the Connecticut Chapter of Autism Speaks and be used to fund global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder here in Connecticut.

“With Autism becoming a world-wide epidemic and Connecticut statistics of 1 in every 99 children being diagnosed even higher than the national CDC average, it is more important than ever to spread awareness, education and raise funds for research and family services. Autism Speaks in CT is grateful to Coach Calhoun and Farmington Bank for their dedication to this mission. We are hopeful all Connecticut families will support this wonderful event”, said Lauren Joyce Autism Speaks Connecticut Director.

Registration is open to anyone 14 years of age or older. To find out more or to register visit: www.calhouncardioraiser.com or call the event office at 860-674-1500 today.

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