First Annual 'Cowboys Connect With Autism' Game Set For Saturday, January 16

Jan. 8, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming athletics department and the Cowboy basketball program are proud to be sponsoring the first annual "Cowboys Connect with Autism" game on Saturday, January 16 in the Arena-Auditorium. The game will be a "white out", as fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.

That day, the Cowboys host Mountain West Conference rival New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised by The Mtn.

The event will be held to help create awareness for autism as well as raise money for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. The event has been inspired in large part by Hayden Schroyer, Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer's son who has been diagnosed with the disorder.

The event encourages fans to show support by wearing white to the game. Fans can purchase special "Cowboys Connect with Autism" t-shirts for $10, with $5 of the purchase price going directly to Autism Speaks. T-Shirts can be purchased at the Brown and Gold Outlet prior to the game, or the day of the game in the Arena-Auditorium.

Autism is a disorder that affects an estimated one in every 110 children, and typically last throughout an individual's lifetime. Autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities and also by repetitive behaviors. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research and raising awareness of the disorder.

For further information, please contact Jen Kost at (307) 766-5236 or jkost@uwyo.edu.