Aces for Autism Event a Resounding Success

Aces for Autism Event a Resounding Success
Panthers help raise more than $13,000 for families of the Scott Center

Courtesy: Florida Tech Athletics

MELBOURNE, Fla. Florida Tech’s tennis teams helped raise more than $13,000 at the Aces for Autism exhibition Sept. 12 at Kiwi Tennis Club. All of the proceeds earned will offset some of the costs for families in social skills classes at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, located on the Tech campus.

As part of the festivities, the Panthers conducted a mini-court tennis clinic for children and siblings of the Scott Center. They also showcased their skills in a pro-am tournament with members of the community. Tech head coach Bill Macom joined in on the fun as he and Fred Sutton squared off against Ed Scott and Glen Outlaw in a doubles match.

“The Kiwi Tennis Club did a great job with this event,” Macom said. “I have to thank their members and everyone from the community who participated. The kids and families of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment had a great time and they will significantly benefit from this event. I hope our teams show even more serving improvement this year and we produce more aces for autism!”

Money raised through entry fees and by a supporter, who offered to donate $1,000 for every ace achieved by the players, went to the Macom Scholarship Fund, which benefits families of the Center.

The exhibition kicked off the Aces for Autism initiative, which will last the entire 2010-11 school year. During the year, Macom and the Panthers will provide tennis instruction to children with autism.

The community may participate in the Aces program by pledging a set amount for each ace the team earns during the season or providing a designated amount. Information on pledging is available on the Scott Center website at http://research.fit.edu/scottcenter.

Aces for Autism addresses the specific needs of children with autism and their families by providing coordinated recreation; this assists in social skills, physical movement and activity. “Aces” also offers an opportunity for Scott Center families to enjoy a leisure activity together.

The Scott Center at Florida Tech is dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment, training and applied research to enhance the functioning and improve the quality of life of children with autism and related disabilities in Central Florida.

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