WHEELING, W. Va. - As part of National Autism Awareness Month, two teams of WJU students participated in the Augusta Levy Learning Center’s 6th annual charity kickball tournament. The Augusta Levy Learning Center, the first intensive autism treatment program in the Ohio Valley, aims to enhance the language, social, academic, and independent living skills of its autistic students.
One of the WJU teams,“Viva Francesco” named in honor of the recently elected Jesuit Pope, ended Bethany College’s 5-year winning streak en route to taking the 1st place trophy. Team members included Allissa Ware, Eric Seifert, Patrick Maxwell, Joe Prati, Kasey Tuttle, Tim Litton, Joe Peduto, Sam Peduto, Charles Bard, and Aaron Dinterman.
Also fielding a team was the WJU Psychology Club, appropriately named: “The Freudian Slips,”. The team included students Sierra Moore, Emily Robinson, Kristen Custer, Allison Burke, Alysha Earnest, Amy Pinkerton, Bridget Welsh, Rebecca Brown, Alexus Rairdon, Ryan Naumann, and Faculty member, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush.
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.