Moccasins Partner with Mission Autism Support

LAKELANDľ Florida Southern's head men's lacrosse coach Marty Ward has announced that the men's lacrosse program has partnered with Polk County non-profit organization Mission Autism Support.

Mission Autism Support is a non-profit organization working to help bring awareness to autism as well as specifically helping military families affected by autism. The organization was started in 2010 by then high school sophomore Nicholas Taylor after experiencing autism on a first hand basis with his youngest brother.

At a Mocs' lacrosse scrimmage earlier in the fall the Mission Autism Support organization was on hand as the FSC lacrosse team raised $1,100 through t-shirts sales and donations.

"Overall we want to be able to utilize our resources to provide support for Mission Autism Support," said Coach Ward. "MAS is a great cause and we want to do all we can to raise awareness about the organization as well as raise money to help a great cause."

This season the Mocs will be doing all they can to raise awareness for the organization as the players will be sporting Mission Autism Support helmet stickers throughout the season. Also, the coaches have tentatively scheduled the March 24 game against Lenoir-Rhyne as the Mission Autism Support Awareness game.

Types of assistance that MAS has been able to provide to families in need are but not limited to; autism educational materials, one therapy session paid in full, a Defeat Autism Now! doctor's visit paid in full, and autism related computer software.

Information about Mission Autism Support can be found at


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