April 21, 2022

Updated: February 13, 2023

Prior to their game on Saturday, April 30, the Worcester Red Sox will honor The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) on the field as part of its Autism Acceptance Day event. NECC will be recognized as a “Heart of Worcester” for its work helping children with autism lead fuller lives.

During its Autism Acceptance Day celebration, which falls on the last day of Autism Awareness Month, the Woo Sox will offer ballpark-wide sensory accommodations for individuals with autism. The pregame ceremony will recognize two NECC students and four teachers, with a student throwing out the first pitch.

The Worcester Red Sox and NECC

“The Worcester Red Sox are steadfast supporters of autism awareness and NECC,” said Jared Bouzan, chief development officer. “We are thankful for this community partnership with the Woo Sox and the opportunity to share this day with our hard-working staff and our incredible students. It’s also important to bring attention to the great work done at NECC and similar organizations that help improve the lives of children with autism.”

According to the CDC, 1 in 44 children have autism, up from the 1 in 54 children that was reported in 2020.

“Our Heart of Worcester program is a way to acknowledge local nonprofits who make a difference in the lives individuals in our community,” said Joe Bradlee, Vice President of Baseball Operations and Community Relations for the Worcester Red Sox. “The WooSox are committed to serving all of our fans, especially those with autism, and we are grateful for our partnership with the New England Center for Children. We hope that fans continue to utilize the Unum Sensory Friendly Room on the First Base concourse on Friday evening and all season long at Polar Park.”

The Woo Sox will face off against the Buffalo Bisons at 4:05 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m.