SOURCE: NFL Alumni Association

June 07, 2013 06:00 ET

NFL Alumni 'Caring for Kids' by Supporting Autism Think Tank

GLADSTONE, NJ--(Marketwired - Jun 7, 2013) -  The NFL Alumni Association will support a benefit event for the Autism Think Tank on June 28, 2013 in Gladstone, NJ, underscoring the organization's commitment to "Caring for Kids" in need.

"Autism affects 1 in 50 children in the United States and 1 in 29 boys in New Jersey, and divorce rates are reported to be 89 percent in families affected by autism. In view of the seriousness and pervasiveness of autism, the NFL Alumni are honored to join this worthy fight," said Joe Pisarcik, Executive Director of the NFL Alumni. "The Autism Think Tank brings together leading specialists in different medical disciplines to create a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. As former NFL players we identify with that team approach, and we're happy to support that effort for the benefit of these kids and their loved ones."

Since taking the reins as Executive Director in January, Mr. Pisarcik has re-energized the NFL Alumni Association. Founded in 1977, the Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(5) organization that serves as an advocate for greater quality-of-life benefits for all former NFL players, and creates programs to enhance the health and lives of retired players and their families. The Association's extensive track record of "Caring for Kids" and other community charities dates back to the 1980s. For information about the NFL Alumni Association, please visit

The Autism Think Tank is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to facilitate the medical and psychosocial stabilization of the child with autism and their family. Bringing together a team of world-renowned medical experts via teleconference, this innovative outpatient medical center is designed to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to the identification and treatment of the complicated medical impacts of autism.

"Gaining these leaders of the sports community as allies will help us advance toward our goal of medically stabilizing individuals with autism to improve their quality of life in the home, school and community," said Sheri Marino Haiken, Executive Director of the Autism Think Tank. "We are deeply grateful to the NFL Alumni for stepping up at a time when we are making a real, positive difference for those with autism and their loved ones around the world." For information about the fundraiser for the Autism Think Tank, please visit

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