Since April is Autism Awareness month, I decided to spotlight Warriors For Autism, a Tampa Bay Florida based nonprofit. This organization is always busy with events to raise money and awareness, to educate families, to provide support and inclusive activities for families affected by autism.
Warriors For Autism was founded by 5x World Champion Kickboxer Olando “The Warrior” Rivera and his wife Deena Rivera. Their son, Anthony, was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD-nos), one of the many conditions on the Autism Spectrum.
The money raised by Warriors helps local children and families with items not covered by insurance and other needs they may have. In the past, money was sent to a larger organization, but now “Money raised here helps here right on the home front.”
Along with the Warriors For Autism Facebook page and website, their events help raise awareness by bringing local businesses and other local organizations together to be sure the word gets out! They work with martial arts groups and both large and small businesses.
During events information is provided to promote awareness.Ã‚ At this Saturday’s, April 16th, Walk Now For Autism Speaks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Warriors for Autism and Team BBQ, held at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave in Tampa, information will be provided for those that attend and passers-by at the BBQ.
Families are always welcome to attend events or to reach out to the organization for education and support. Many events are just for families. Many involve resource booths with Olanda and Deena Rivera attending or other members who can provide information. The website has a guestbook where you can leave your information. Someone from the group will get in touch with you to answer questions, provide you with local resources, etc.
On April 23rd, Warriors For Autism presents Tampa Bay Joins Hands For Autism, Cocktails and Silent Auction Benefit, held at the Ybor City Museum Garden. Please consider attending and sharing this fundraising event with others. RSVP is tomorrow April 15th to Deena Rivera (Deena (at) WarriorsforAutism (dot) com)
Do you have any questions for Warriors of Autism? Would you like to make a donation?