The Chicago Wolves help make March about Autism Awareness 

For more than 20 years, the Chicago Wolves hockey organization has been an enthusiastic supporter of Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford (ESCGR), helping to support our programs for individuals with autism through awareness campaigns and fundraising. 

“The Wolves have worked with Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford for many years and raising awareness and funds is extremely important to the team. We know that autism affects many families, and we want to do whatever we can to support Easterseals’ mission and goals,” says Courtney Mahoney, President of Operations for the Chicago Wolves. 

This March, the Wolves continue their support in a number of special ways.

First, the Wolves are holding the St. Patrick’s Day Jersey Auction and Raffle with proceeds to benefit ESCGR. On March 6, the Chicago Wolves players wore exclusive St. Patrick’s Day jerseys. Those jerseys will be worn again and auctioned during the next home game on Sunday, March 13, against Grand Rapids. This marks the 22nd consecutive year the Wolves’ St. Patrick’s Day jerseys have been presented by Jewel-Osco in support of autism awareness. Attend the game or visit the website for your chance to win while supporting our work. 

Second, two of our Easterseals Academy students were chosen to drop the puck to start games this month! On March 6, Andrea Skinner, a 17-year-old Easterseals student who loves hockey, baseball, and shopping, and has attended our Academy for four years, was the first to drop the puck.  

Andrea was so excited to have her and her family included in the Wolves game.

A number of Easterseals staffers were on hand to cheer her on! 

This Sunday, you can see another Easterseals Academy student, Xander Murphy, drop the puck for the game against Grand Rapids. Xander loves playing video games, working his jobs at our Academy, and of course, hockey!

“We are blessed with wonderful community partners who care so much about our students with autism and other disabilities,” says President and CEO Sara Ray Stoelinga. “Thank you to the Chicago Wolves for always making our students feel included and seen for all the things that make them so special.”

Easterseals Academy is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to serve students with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay or intellectual disability from the ages of 3 – 22.

Published by Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford

Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford serves nearly 30,000 clients annually and proudly employs 600+ dedicated professionals in programs across the Chicagoland and Rockford regions of Illinois. Established in 1936, we support children, individuals with disabilities, and their families through two pillars of work: Comprehensive Autism and Behavioral Services and Early Learning and Developmental Services

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