NNU will hold its second annual Autism Awareness Day Saturday, April 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the NNU track prior to the start of the NNU Invitational.
NNU track and field athletes will honor those in attendance who have been touched by autism with a balloon release and will use blue relay batons designed with unique artwork to support autism awareness during the invitational. The event will also feature a special relay race pairing NNU athletes with children and teens with autism.
Throughout the day attendees may browse food vendors and information booths providing autism education, support and volunteer opportunities. Monetary donations supporting the Autism Society, Treasure Valley (ASTV) will also be accepted.
In addition to Saturday’s event, educational opportunities are available for the NNU community on Thurs., April 17. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., representatives from ASTV and Boise Autism Moms will be available at a booth in the Student Center to provide resources and answer questions regarding autism.
NNU employees and students are also invited to attend a luncheon on Thurs., 4/17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wordsworth Meeting Room. The lunch will feature a faculty and student panel discussing the ways NNU currently supports students with autism and areas for improvement. The cost is $7 at the door with limited seating available.
The campus community is encouraged to wear the color blue on April 17 in support of autism awareness and to post pictures on Facebook. Throughout the week t-shirts will be on sale in the Student Center for $7 each.
For more information, please contact event coordinators Heather Beam at (208) 467-8100 or Audra Butkus at (208) 467-8029.