Art for Autism and a Banger for Your Collection

f__kyou1

f__kyou1

If you’d like to ad a very unique piece of art to your collection, a one-of-a-kind skateboard deck created for the Artists for Autism fundraiser, contact Laurie Markiewicz there are some very special decks from some very talented artists still available… hmmm.

KickBall4Kids: A Fundraiser for Autism

kickball41

kickball1kickball21

My dude G-Force and his crew invited me to a kickball game today at Montclair State. They were raising money for Autism, an important cause that deserves more attention. So I came though (with my fam), yes to support this worthy cause, but mainly to show support for a group of people who have given me and my artistic journey their relentless support. As it normally is with giving, I got more than I gave.

kickball31

 

I watched as those with Autism and those without played side by side, competitively and compassionately. I looked at the faces of those playing as well as those watching, all full of joy. And while the purpose was to raise money, I watched as a group of college students raised so much more. They raised hope with their caring. The smiles on the faces of their autistic collegiate teammates should give hope to parents of children with autism that their kids WILL have happy normal adult lives, futures. And they raised my hopes. Because I know the players on the team I came to support. They love “Kicks”, to hang out and party, they’re working at having lucrative careers, as businesswomen. businessmen, and nurses. But I saw, I SEE, every time I’m around them that giving back, caring about others is JUST AS IMPORTANT AS GETTING PAID. They didn’t have to be here today, and neither did their friends, but they were because they wanted to.

kickball41

 

So I left with more than I gave, which was just a little of my time. I’m still smiling about the teammate with autism who, not only scored a run, she did a front flip as she crossed home plate – So cool! And here’s the coolest part. I brought my son, because I had mistakenly thought it was an event for kids to play kickball. I told him he would have fun playing with other kids. Needless to say he was disappointed, lips out and sad when we arrived. “Where are the kids Daddy?” But when we left he was SO HAPPY, he had a great time. As we left the gymnasium he said to me, “Dad this was GREAT! I had so much fun. Thank you for bringing me, I LOVE YOU.”

 

Gerald, Sheyla, Brian, Kristine Mae and all of the KickBALLERS at Monclair State – THANK YOU! – TMNK