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Celebrities Gather to Raise Awareness, Funds for Autism

Mamaroneck, NY – For the sixteenth time, the annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge was held on June 16 at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club. As is tradition, the event brought stars from the worlds of television, film and sports together to raise money for the organization’s research projects and continued quest to help families and raise awareness surrounding autism.

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith joined former NFL greats Boomer Esiason and Howard Cross as well as NBA legend Gail Goodrich and others on the golf course to meet and greet fans as well as compete for a good cause.

Autism Speaks was founded by Bob and Suzanne Wright in 2005 after the couple’s grandson was diagnosed with the disorder. Over time it has grown to be one of the largest advocates and research providers for autism and is a consistent aid and resource for families dealing with children on the spectrum. Autism Speaks has also developed relationships with numerous athletes (current and former) and well as teams across professional sports and hosts many regular events in stadiums across the country.

Gabe Katz
A journalism enthusiast – sports media in particular – Gabe has interviewed Super Bowl champions Raheem Brock and Chris Canty, and rising star Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. He’s covered organizations and events affiliated with the NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and NBA Cares. He has also written articles featuring NY Yankees’ Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, Tina Charles (WNBA), Deron William’s Point of Hope Foundation (NBA), and the foundations of Torrey Smith and Ryan Kerrigan (NFL). After graduating from Temple University where he received a degree in communications, he had two subsequent positions in news, first as an online editor and contributor for a Philadelphia sports web site start-up and later as a multimedia content provider at a newspaper in the Philadelphia suburbs. He now lives in New York as a freelance journalist and remains an avid sports fan.