People in Bangor Step Up to the Plate for Autism 

People stepped up to the plate in Bangor to help raise awareness for Autism.

More than 200 people came out for the Third Annual Softball Tournament for Autism.

First pitches were thrown by two kids living with autism.

Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Maine.

“We do a lot of events from free summer camp to a wonderful free lending library,” says Cathy Dionne, one of the directors with the Maine Autism Society.  “We do family retreat weekend, we have a program called autism information specialists – they go right into the community across the state of Maine and help families one-on-one.”

“It’s actually quite crazy,” says David Huffstutler, tournament organizer.  “This is our third year and our first year we had 8 teams and this year we have 16, so to see it grow so quickly is just amazing. It means people are hearing about it and doing what they can to help support it.”

Organizers say teams came from all over the state to show their support