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Teams needed for Volleyball 4 Autism event

Register-Herald - 3/29/2019

March 29-- Mar. 29--New River Community and Technical College is seeking teams to participate in Volleyball 4 Autism, a fundraiser for the local non-profit, The Un-Prescription, organized by students Saturday, April 6, at Memorial Baptist Church gymnasium.

The event will have two divisions, one for those who play regularly and one for those with less experience. Registration for teams of eight adults is $100 if registered in advance or $150 at the door, and youth group teams can register for $80 in advance or $100 at the door.

The tournament will kick-off at 9 a.m. with a proclamation from Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold, a "light it blue blackout" and a battle for the net challenge between the West Virginia State Troopers and the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department, and Beckley City Police and Beckley Fire Department.

"Volleyball 4 Autism is a culmination of what our social services students have learned. They're able to plan and organize, to write grants and to follow up with donors. With this event, we're taking the things that they've learned and putting them into practice to go beyond what they've read in books," New River CTC Assistant Professor of Social Services Dr. Kelli White explained.

"It's a great experience for them. We see former students come back to help and participate."

White started Volleyball 4 Autism 10 years ago to help provide more families with access to diagnostic services through Autism Health, now college students run the fundraiser.

According to New River CTC officials, Autism Health and the nonprofit, The Un-Prescription, has helped hundreds of families by providing natural approaches to treat underlying medical problems that can cause difficult behaviors and aggression, sleep problems, constipation, delayed language and poor social skills.

The center, based in Beckley, currently serves patients from 16 states, but funds raised through Volleyball 4 Autism help West Virginia families.

Team registration will begin at 8 a.m. Free child care will be available and children will be able to participate in an Easter egg hunt.

For additional information on Volleyball 4 Autism, to register a team, or make a donation email volleyball4autism@gmail.com.

-- Email: jnelson@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @jnelsonRH

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