The Kingsport Aquatic Center is a new attraction featuring water slides, a water playground and a lazy river. And since the facility is new, it is extremely crowded and loud, meaning many families affected by autism could not attend. But thanks to this private event over 100 people, including children of all ages and even some adults on the spectrum, were able to enjoy the water park in a much calmer and quieter setting. For at least one family, it was the first time their child with autism had ever been to a swimming pool. What an impact this event had!
Professional golfer, Cliff Kresge, has a teenage son with autism. So, Cliff and his wife, Judy, know first-hand about the trials and triumphs experienced by families affected by autism. In 2008, Cliff and Judy co-founded Kresge’s Krew Foundation in order to raise funds to assist local families affected by autism. Thanks to the enormous generosity of Kresge’s Krew Foundation this entire event, including the pizza dinner, was completely FREE for families affected by autism! And this pool party is just one way they have supported the local autism community. For more details about their other efforts and to learn more about their upcoming fundraising events, please visit their website.
Our kids love the water, so what better way to let them enjoy it than an evening at the pool just for them! ASAETC greatly appreciates the generosity of Kresge’s Krew Foundation and we hope to partner with them again in the future.