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NBA, MLB Line Up Autism Awareness Efforts Throughout April

Leagues, teams and athletes today are activating around World Autism Awareness Day and throughout April for Autism Awareness Month. The NBA TV studio and several NBA arenas, including MSG, Staples Center and AmericanAirlines Arena, will be among the more than 4,000 buildings and landmarks worldwide lit blue as part of Autism Speaks' "Light It Up Blue" initiative. NBA coaches tonight are wearing blue lapel pins. Nets G Deron Williams, whose son is autistic, has purchased more than 100 tickets to the April 11 home game against the Hawks to give to families affected by autism.

In MLB, all 30 teams will raise awareness for the disorder during one home game in April, May or June. Proceeds from the MLB Autism Awareness games will go to Autism Speaks, which is partnering with the league. Many clubs also will recognize local families during pregame ceremonies, and some will create designated Quiet Zones at the ballpark (THE DAILY).
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