SJU Hosts 5K Run/Walk to Support Autism Center

Funds to expand Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support programs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (September 3, 2014) — Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will host a 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., to raise money to support services for children and adults with autism and their families. The starting line will be outside of the Cardinal John P. Foley ’58 Campus Center on Saint Joseph’s Maguire Campus. The event will be held rain or shine.

“This is our third annual 5K and we’re expecting more than 500 runners and walkers to show their support,” says Executive Director Ryan Hammond. “The Kinney Center thrives because of the collaborative relationship among all our constituencies: the program participants and families we support, the local autism community, and our faculty, staff, alumni and students. This event is the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together and raise much-needed support for our programs.”

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, and recording and studying data. Kinney SCHOLARS get hands-on experience and go on to pursue careers in the field. Today, there are 105 undergraduates in the program who support 500 families.

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 Kinney Center offers social skills programs for children, adolescents, and adults; sports programs; a summer camp; an academic major and minor for SJU students; college support for individuals with autism; sibling support and more.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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