NBA Star Doug Christie Set to Lace Up His Sneakers and Shoot Baskets to Raise Funding for Vista Del Mar’s Autism Enrichment Programs
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ — Today, one in every 150 individuals is diagnosed with Autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Until a cure for Autism is found, children with Autism must struggle to find friends and feel a sense of belonging due to their differences. On this Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, NBA Star Doug Christie will lace up his sneakers for a little 3 point basketball play, on behalf of children and their families who live with Autism.
Christie will be shooting baskets, posing for pictures and more to raise awareness and funding for VIP (Vista’s Inspire Program), a new program of Vista Del Mar, which serves children with autism, spectrum disorder and other special needs. Wife Jackie, Author of the new best selling book “Proud To Be A Colored Girl,” daughter Chani and son Douglas Jr. are joining Christie to spend Father’s Day sharing gifts and support with the families and friends of those in the program.
“Our family is so happy to be able to spend a meaningful Father’s Day with the children, reminding them how special they are in our hearts,” Doug Christie remarked. “We hope to make the day a little brighter, encourage a few young minds and make those baskets to raise some much needed funding.”
The Christie family is dedicated to reaching out to communities across the Nation through their many philanthropic efforts.
“My dad has always taught me I can do anything!” son Douglas Christie, Jr. announces. “I want to share that with other kids!”
Christie is definitely a significant inspiration to his family, as his son Douglas has already enjoyed recognition as the author of “Dougie Learns to Ride” truly understanding the importance of family support and sharing that legacy. The Christies on whole, put great value in sharing with others, as seen in the establishment of the Infinite Love Foundation, created to inspire, educate, and empower others. This Father’s Day, they hope to fulfill the mission of their Infinite Love and want others will come out and join them.
The Celebrity Basketball Tournament, presented by Stanley Black, will take place on June 21, 2009 at the Galen Center, located at the University of Southern California. The event kicks off at 9:00 am and the Christies are scheduled to arrive soon after noon. Other participants and sponsors of this exciting day of play include Variety, William Morris Agency, ICM, The Harlem Globetrotters, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, City National Bank, the Zenith and more. All funds raised will support Vista Del Mar programs for children and families living with autism and other special needs under the leadership of Elaine Hall (Coach E), as seen in the HBO documentary, “Autism: the Musical”. Family activities include the Harlem Globetrotters, basketball clinics, art projects and much more.