SJU Hosts 5K Run/Walk in Support of Autism

Funds to expand Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support programs

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

by Marie Vitale '14

PHILADELPHIA (September 25, 2012) —Saint Joseph’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will host a 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk to raise money to support services for children with autism and their families. The race will take place on Sat., Oct. 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The cost is $25 per person or $100 for a group of five to register, which can be done online at http://kinneyautism.sju.edu/, or on the day of the race at 7 a.m. Those who register will also receive a t-shirt.

Since its opening on Saint Joseph’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus in 2009, the Kinney Center has worked to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contributes to improved autism awareness and care.

“The Kinney Center Run/Walk for Autism is a tremendous opportunity to invite the University community to join children with autism and their families who are served through Kinney programs to raise support and awareness,” says Ryan Hammond, Director of Major Gifts.

The proceeds from the race will support the Kinney SCHOLARS program (Students Committed to Helping Others Learn about Autism Research and Support). SCHOLARS are SJU undergraduates who work one-on-one with individuals with autism at the Kinney Center by planning and giving lessons, monitoring progress, recording and studying data. Kinney SCHOLARS get hand-on experience and go on to pursue careers in the field.

About: With its roots in the Jesuit mission of service and cura personalis, or care for the whole person, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support seeks to address the needs of those who struggle day-to-day with autism, either as individuals or caregivers. The mission of the Kinney Center is to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with ASD. The Kinney Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contribute to improved autism awareness and care.

For more information, contact the Kinney Center at 610-660-2170 or kinneyautism@sju.edu.


Background

Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.


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