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Cavaliers Host Autism Awareness Night Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s and KultureCity


With World Autism Day on Saturday and World Autism Month in April, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host their annual Autism Awareness Night this Sunday, April 3 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children’s and KultureCitythe night will raise awareness about autism and autism care in the community.

Throughout the night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse:

  • The FieldHouse’s massive exterior curtain wall will be lit blue to support autism awareness.
  • In-game 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit Cleveland Children’s Clinic and CultureCity.
  • Akron Zoo’s Elena Bell will be recognized on Humongotron as the game’s Community DIFF Maker. Elena’s goal is to raise awareness and acceptance of autism in the greater Akron community. Alongside KultureCity, Elena worked to make Akron Zoo the second zoo in the nation to become certified sensory-inclusive. Mike Snyder will also interview Elena on WTAM 1100.
  • Cleveland Children’s Clinic will have information tables in the lobby near Gate 22 and Gate 29.
  • A pre-match interview withCynthia Johnson, PhD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Children’s Autism will air on Bally Sports Ohio.
  • Fans can show their support with blue face paint and sign-making by visiting the face-decorating and sign-making stations in the lobby.

    For more information about Cleveland Clinic Children’s, fans can visit ClevelandClinicChildrens.org/Autism.

    Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Certified as Sensory Inclusive

    In April 2017, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse became the first NBA arena in the nation to be certified as sensory-inclusive by KultureCity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rethinking accessibility to create acceptance and inclusion for all individuals.

    As of April 2022, the FieldHouse continues to elevate and provide an inclusive guest experience for people with sensory sensitivities such as Autism, Dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. Noise canceling headphones and sensory bags filled with toys and other soothing resources are available free of charge to guests at events.

    The Sensory Room is also available for guests – a quiet space dedicated to those who become over-stimulated during an event and need a respite from the activity. Recently renovated with support from KultureCity, the Sensory Room is designed with soothing features such as a bubble wall, special seating and more to provide a positive and accommodating experience for all fans and guests with sensory sensitivities who attend. to events at the FieldHouse.

    Inclusive sensory services at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse can be provided at any time during a game or event by visiting the nearest Customer Services booth or by asking a Customer Service Ambassador.

    Tickets are still available for Sunday’s match at Cavs.com/Tickets.