Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of this neurological disorder, which affects the functioning of the brain, is characterized by the absence of the innate ability to learn and communicate. It is more prevalent than childhood cancer, Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis. Autism receives less than 5% of the funding of other less common disorders and there is no medical detection or cure.
This information staggered Justin Resnick and he provided an idea that developed a benefit 3 on 3 basketball tournament. This fundraiser, “Alley Oop for Autism,” promotes a greater awareness of Autism and raises money for the specialized education necessary for children living with Autism.
Statistics tell us that 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism and about 67 children are diagnosed every day. Boys are 4 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed, 1 in 94 boys are diagnosed with autism. More children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year and it is expected to double in the next decade.
Justin was elated that the first event hosted more than 300 players. In addition, Alley Oop for Autism raised awareness and over $101,000 for charity. Most importantly Justin created an opportunity for community mobilization and for other young people to serve.
Justin Resnick’s dedication and innovation inspired hundreds of teens, parents, and major corporations to lend their support. In 2008 Justin maintained and expanded his ongoing involvement and for his 2nd annual Alley Oop for Autism. He also invited other High Schools to get involved.
Justin’s interest and success has made a real impact on High Schools, families battling Autism, and his community needs at large. Justin donated 100% of the proceeds to his event totaling over $200,000, to Ascent: A school for Children with Autism.