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Chapel Haven gearing up for Autism Awareness Day at the Connecticut Tennis Open

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz at last year's Autism Awareness Day with Joe Winnick and tennis pros.

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz at last year’s Autism Awareness Day with Joe Winnick and tennis pros.

New Haven, Conn (Aug. 4, 2016) – The second annual Autism Awareness Day Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the CT Open will have some new features, including an autism-friendly hospitality suite located in the stadium, where families will have the chance to make crafts with staff from Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness Gym.

 “We want to get the word out to special needs families, that this is an ideal day to enjoy tennis and fun activities in a sensory-friendly environment,” Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said. Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness are the sponsors of the day.

Autism Awareness Day will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include adaptive tennis clinics, on-site booths related to autism, and a chance to mingle with tennis pros. To help create further awareness, Chapel Haven and ASD Fitness are delighted to announce the hospitality suite as a sensory-friendly environment where families can watch tennis, enjoy snacks and engage in fun activities. Chapel Haven’s Art Director, Tina Menchetti, is teaming with the Yale Center for British Art to provide fun craft activities. ASD Fitness Gym also will man some activity booths, including the chance to make your own uniquely decorated tennis ball to take home.

Jerry Weil, a seasoned adaptive tennis instructor who leads a tennis program year-round for Chapel Haven, will help lead the tennis clinics at the event.

To purchase tickets, please call Tim Curry at (203) 776-7331, ext. 5811. Tickets are $18 for juniors and $36 for adults.

CT Open 2016 - Autism Awareness Day FlyerChapel Haven and ASD are delighted to be part of the 2016 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, August 19-27, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, an event that also raises awareness about causes and local non profits.

“The tournament is a unique nonprofit organization,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director, Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. “As a 501(c)(3), we’re in a fortunate position where we can leverage the power of women’s tennis to help other organizations raise both awareness and critical funds. We do this through our incredible fans and our sponsors, who are able to bring their causes to the tournament in a fun, engaging atmosphere.”

About Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies
Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is owned by the State of Connecticut and is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization. The event has always existed to give back to the community, and has always been much more than just a tennis tournament; it is a leading example of leveraging a large-scale international sporting event to generate millions of dollars in regional economic impact and build community pride, spirit and engagement, especially among youth. The women’s-only WTA event will be held August 19-27, 2016 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, and features five different competitions including WTA qualifying, WTA singles, WTA doubles, Men’s Legends, and the US Open National Playoffs Championship. The Connecticut Open is prominently featured domestically on ESPN2 and is also broadcast in 160 countries around the world. For more information about the tournament and tickets, visit www.ctopen.org/order or call 1-877-842-3003.

 

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