Autism Border Challenge: A 7-Year Success
Several years ago SFS began working with the Thompson Center at the University of Missouri to plan new facilities that would enable them to better conduct research and provide programs and treatment for those with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. It was during this time that SFS and other members of the Project Change – Awaken KC team approached the Thompson Center about an idea for a fundraiser benefitting not only the Thompson Center but also the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training at the University of Kansas. Dubbed the Autism Border Challenge, the event played off the well-known rivalry of these two institutions by bringing together fans of these universities for a fun-filled evening of light-hearted competition all for a noble cause—to raise funds for as well as awareness of the work the two universities were doing to better understand autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Through the hard work and generosity of event sponsors, patrons and many volunteers, this event, now in its seventh year, has raised more than $60,000 for the Thompson Center and K-Cart.