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.