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Springfree™ Trampoline Partners with Autism Speaks to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism Research and Services
Combining Ground-Breaking Innovation and the Highest Safety Standards in the World, Springfree Trampoline to Participate in Various Autism Speaks Initiatives, Including National Walk Now Events and Social Media Programs
May 14, 2013 08:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Springfree Trampoline, the world’s safest trampoline, announced today it has partnered with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. As part of the partnership, Springfree Trampoline will participate in various initiatives held by the organization, including the Walk Now for Autism Speaks events in Seattle; Dallas; Houston; Columbus, Ohio; and Westchester/Fairfield, New York. In addition, the company will provide a $25,000 cash donation and provide 14 trampolines for the charity to use as fundraising incentives via Autism Speaks’ social media channels and special events held by the organization. The partnership was created to help raise awareness and support Autism Speaks’ mission, while increasing Springfree Trampoline’s presence within the autism community, introducing its products to families affected by autism.
Springfree Trampolines are currently being utilized at autism centers for use in all types of therapies, such as speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral. The benefits of using a Springfree Trampoline in these therapies has included improvements in body awareness, sensory awareness, motor skills, coordination, balance, social interaction, attention span, and emotional regulation.
“Over the years, we’ve heard from our customers who have children on the autism spectrum that our trampolines have provided more than just a fun activity, but positive benefits as well,” said Steven Holmes, Chief Bouncing Officer of Springfree Trampoline. “We’re thrilled to partner with Autism Speaks to raise awareness and educate families about Springfree Trampolines.”
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, and the charity’s signature fundraising and awareness event. At five Walk Now events, Springfree Trampoline will set up a “Jump Zone” offering attendees the chance to bounce on its most popular backyard models. Event locations include:
- Westchester/Fairfield, New York: June 2 at New York Presbyterian Hospital
- Seattle: Sept. 29 at the Seattle Center
- Dallas: Oct. 12 at the Texas Motor Speedway
- Columbus, Ohio: Oct. 13 at Huntington Park
- Houston: October (Date and Location TBD)
“We are very pleased to have Springfree Trampoline sponsor some of our Walk Now for Autism Speaks events and be part of our children’s activity area,” said Cathy Kanefsky, Autism Speaks vice president of Chapter Development. “Our families will have the opportunity to experience the trampolines first-hand in a fun setting.”
For more information about Springfree Trampoline, please visit www.springfreetrampoline.com or call 1-877-JUMPSAFE to find a retailer near you.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Springfree Trampoline
Springfree Trampoline, the world’s safest trampoline, eliminates the impact areas responsible for 90 percent of all product-related trampoline injuries. The innovative and patented design replaces steel springs with composite rods, puts the frame beneath the jumping surface and the FlexiNet™ enclosure uses flexible supports to cushion jumpers and prevent falls. Springfree Trampoline is sold in 15 countries and is available for purchase in the United States online, at its two stores in Seattle and Dallas or at select dealer locations nationwide. For more information or to buy, phone 1(866) 899-7370 or visit www.springfreetrampoline.com.