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      Widener Football Hosts Audible for Autism


      Audible for Autism

      The Widener University football team hosts Audible for Autism during halftime of its Nov. 4 game.

      Saturday, Nov. 4 was a day that will remain in the memories of everyone in attendance as the Widener University football team hosted its first ever Audible for Autism during halftime of the game against King's College.

      "We were incredibly excited to bring an event such as Audible for Autism to Widener," said Director of Athletics Jack Shafer. "The ability to positively impact the lives of others is a large part of who we are as a university and we are proud to have worked with community leaders to make this day a reality."

      Working in conjunction with the Chester Fire Department, the event was designed to raise awareness about autism and to provide a lifelong memory for two local children, Sammy and Victoria, who are on the autism spectrum.

      "We couldn't have been prouder of everyone involved with Audible for Autism on Saturday," said Widener head football coach Mike Kelly. "The organizers were on top of their game and made a meaningful impact to create awareness for a condition that impacts the lives of so many families. Our staff and players were honored to be a part of the event."

      The event started off with multi-Grammy award winning artist Muzz Skillings saying a few words before presenting Widener University Senior Vice President for Advancement Linda Durant and the Chief of the Chester City Fire Department plaques for their efforts in making the day possible.

      Following the opening ceremonies, members of the Chester Fire Department lined up against members of the Widener football team for the highlight of the day, the touchdown run. Sammy and Victoria took their handoffs and raced towards the end zone to score their first touchdowns on a college football field and create a lifelong, positive memory.

      One in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. For more information on Audible for Autism please visit

      To see more photos of the day, visit the athletics photo gallery.


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