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Rutgers Athletics to Participate in Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Campaign in Support of World Autism Awareness Day & Autism Awareness Month
High Point Solutions Stadium & the RAC Illuminate Blue on April 2
  • Posted on March 29, 2013 6:20:49 PM
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  • Light It Up Blue

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 29, 2013) – Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti announced Friday that High Point Solutions Stadium and the Rutgers Athletics Center will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Tuesday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

    “This is an initiative that is very special to me and I am grateful we are able to light two of our marquee facilities blue to show our support,” said Pernetti. An avid supporter for the fight to cure autism, Pernetti serves on the Board of Directors at REED Academy, a school in Oakland N.J. for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

    The back of the scoreboard along with the LED ribbon boards and the main scoreboard at High Point Solutions Stadium will all be lit blue. In addition, the monument at the Scarlet Walk will be lit blue and the side of the RAC will be blue on April 2.

    High Point Solutions Stadium and the RAC join a list of nearly 7,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in more than 750 U.S. cities in over 90 countries around the world that will shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in New York City, the Aspen Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station will all join Autism Speaks and Rutgers Athletics in support of the millions of families affected by autism.

    Throughout the month of April you can lend their additional support by getting involved in three key ways:

    - Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or even your website blue to show your support.

    - Donate: Text Autism to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks* or make a donation on LightItUpBlue.org.

    - Advocate: Take action as we call on President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism. Sign a petition on LightItUpBlue.org.

    Visit www.lightitupblue.org for more fun and creative ways that you can support your neighbors and friends.

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