Skerry brings Autism Awareness to the national spotlight

Over 300 college basketball coaches and broadcasters show support for Towson Men’s
Basketball coach Pat Skerry.

For Towson Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Skerry, the past week has been about more than
just his normal week of basketball. It’s been about family.

This past weekend, the men’s basketball team partnered with Autism Speaks and The Hussman Center for Adults with Autism to host the Tigers’ annual Autism Awareness Game.

The game has become a tradition on the Towson campus, because it’s a subject so close
to Skerry and his family, who has, in turn, made it important to the college basketball

Skerry’s youngest son, Owen, was identified as being on the autism spectrum when he
was just 18 months old. Since taking over the Towson men’s basketball program in 2011,
Skerry has continued to hold an Autism Awareness game to raise awareness for the developmental
disorder that impacts 1 in 62 children in the United States.

CBS Sports: Coaches unite to fight Autism.

Teaming up with Georgia Tech assistant Tom Herrion, whose son is also on the autism
spectrum, Skerry has brought together coaches, broadcasters and the college basketball
community to raise awareness for autism through college basketball’s weekly national
television showcase on Saturday afternoons.

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NCAA: Towson’s Skerry powering forward to raise autism awareness

Over 300 coaches, as well as broadcasters and referees, wore a pin on their lapel
as part of Coaches Powering Forward, a program promoting a weekend of college basketball
that shows support and awareness to those on the Autism Spectrum.

Notable coaches who wore the pins this weekend include Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan
State’s Tim Izzo, Kansas’ Bill Self , and Kentucky’s John Calipari. Hundreds of other
coaches were seen on the sidelines with blue pin standing out on their suits.

Fox Sports: Autism awareness pins have added meaning for two college basketball coaches.

This past Saturday’s game at Towson’s SECU Arena followed the script as the Tigers,
wearing light blue jerseys as part of autism awareness, defeated Elon 67-56. It was
the team’s 19th victory of the season and clinching a first round by in the CAA Tournament.

More importantly, it allowed Towson University to showcase many local autism programs,
including the university’s own Hussman Center for Adults with Autism (which saw one
of its clients open the game by reading the starting lineups). More importantly, it
provided families a fun afternoon of college basketball away from the hectic responsibilities
of daily life, which is a win that doesn’t show up on the scoreboard.

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