BOSTON – As part of a global initiative to help raise awareness for autism, Fenway Park will be among the iconic landmarks around the world that will “Light It Up Blue” tonight as part of World Autism Awareness Day.
Light It Up Blue, now in its third year, is a global initiative created by Autism Speaks – the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization – to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. On April 1 and 2 of each year, iconic landmarks from around the world light up in blue to show their support for autism. For the third year in a row, Fenway Park’s façade near Gate A on Yawkey Way will be lit up in blue lights joining other landmarks from around the world, including the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Tower in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
The Boston Red Sox’ involvement with autism dates back to 2001 when the team supported the first fundraiser of a newly formed organization known as the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR). In 2005, NAAR merged with a new organization formed by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism, to create Autism Speaks. In addition to the Light It Up Blue campaign, the Red Sox have also supported Autism Speaks through Red Sox Foundation donations, marketing and advertising support, and the promotion of their New England walk events. Additionally, Red Sox Senior Vice President of Fenway Affairs, Larry Cancro, is Chairman of the Board of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks.
In recognition of the work done by the team and Foundation over the years to help raise awareness for autism, the Red Sox will be recognized for their philanthropic contributions in the autism community at the Autism Speaks “Lead Off for a Cure” event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 16.