The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

02 November 2013

ASP at the NBA Cares event

Active members of the Autism Society Philippines were special guests of SM Cares to a meet-and-greet with visiting NBA players last 09 October 2013 at the MOA Arena. Individuals with autism and their family members had a fun afternoon, watching the players of Indiana Pacers doing a basketball clinic with selected 60 participants from Special Olympics Philippines. They were then treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the players like All-Star, Roy Hibbert and legends, Ron Harper and Jalen Rose. This is a part of the NBA Cares program under NBA Global Games. The Pacers and the Houston Rockets played an international pre-season game in the Philippines -- a first for the country!

ASP Family at NBA Cares event

The arena was in a festive mood. Children from ASP and Down Syndrome Philippines were excited to meet their NBA idols. The event showed how the players interacted with different children with disabilities and it was a learning experience for them. David West, one of core players of the Pacers, said in an interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer that “It’s always a good opportunity to be able to impact these young people. Even though we understand that they have some disabilities, they don’t allow that to kill their joy. They’re very energetic. When we interact with people, we wanna make sure they come away feeling good about who they are.”

It was also an opportunity for PWAs to bond as a group, without their parents. They were shown seating together in the bleachers and just enjoying the show. They were ecstatic when another Pacers All-Star, Roy Hibbert, approached their stands and happily interacted with them. He even signed their shirts.

Our children came home with bright smiles and lasting memories of their encounter with the NBA superstars. Many thanks to SM Cares for this rare opportunity!


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