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American Century Championship to Raise Awareness, Funds for Autism

Autism Speaks is 2005 Beneficiary

Dan Marino, celebrity golfers to aid new umbrella charity seeking treatment, cure for epidemic children’s brain disorder

New York, NY, July 7, 2005 — The American Century Championship, the prominent, 16-year-old, nationally televised celebrity golf tournament from Lake Tahoe, has designated New York City-based Autism Speaks as the charity beneficiary of this year’s tournament, organizers announced today.

Dan Marino, founder of the Dan Marino Foundation to benefit autism, will serve as the primary spokesperson for the campaign, which will involve scores of celebrity golfers, tournament title sponsor American Century Investments, NBC Sports and the Lake Tahoe community. Marino, the former superstar quarterback who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame August 7, is playing in the July 15-17 golf tournament along with a field that includes Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, John Elway, Dennis Haysbert and Emmitt Smith, among 80 sports and entertainment stars.

In addition to fundraising, the tournament will use commercial time within its five hours of broadcast coverage on NBC and the Golf Channel to elevate awareness of autism and educate parents about the importance of early intervention. American Century will also make a financial contribution and devote its commercial time to Autism Speaks public service announcements.


“One in 166 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder,” said Alison Singer, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President and the mother of a child with autism.

“Twenty years ago that number was one in 10,000. Every 20 minutes another set of parents receives the life-shattering news that their child has autism. We are grateful to American Century Investments for the opportunity to help increase awareness of this epidemic and to spread the message that early intervention is our best weapon.”

The tournament will raise funds through a variety of resources. A portion of the $500,000 purse won by players who retain their amateur status will be donated to the cause.

Contributions from celebrity players, sponsors and VIP guests attending the tournament and the public will also be encouraged. Live and silent auction items donated by NBC and the celebrities is expected to raise additional monies, which Autism Speaks will disburse in part to the Dan Marino Foundation and other autismrelated charities.

“We’ve successfully harnessed the collective power of the celebrity players and the Lake Tahoe casino community so that charities like Autism Speaks can use the tournament as a platform for fundraising and publicity,” offered Jon Miller, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports.

“It’s become a tournament tradition and everyone pitches in so that we can make a difference.” 

Since its inception in 1990, the tournament has raised over $2 million for various charities including the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund to provide college tuition assistance to the children of New York City firefighters lost on September 11, 2001, and Mark Cuban’s Fallen Patriot Fund to aid the families of soldiers killed or injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NBC Sports will telecast the American Century Championship live from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course with second round coverage on Saturday, July 16, from 4-6 p.m. ET and final round coverage on Sunday, July 17, from 3-6 p.m. ET. The Friday, July 15 opening round will be telecast live by The Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m. ET. 

For further information, contact…

Steve Griffith
Promo 1
610-363-0966 (East Coast)

Phil Weidinger
Weidinger Public Relations
775-588-2412 (West Coast)

Autism Speaks
Rubenstein Communications
212-843-8077



Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.



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