PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An organization that utilizes football as therapy for children with autism is branching out.
Sammy and Tommy are two of the young performers on the bill for the March 31 autism awareness and fundraising concert at the Keswick Theatre, which will kick off Autism Awareness Month in April.
The performers will be showcasing their talents alongside Grammy-winning musician and concert host Muzz Skillings.
“I’m gonna be performing solo and then I’m going to invite these children on stage to perform and do whatever it is that they want to do. I may be performing with them if they want me to,” he said.
Skillings is the co-founder and president of Audible for Autism, which allows children to live out their dreams on the football field.
“As the touchdown run happens, people surrounding you and they are blocking all obstacles out of your way and making it possible for you to cross that goal line,” Skillings
Now, the nonprofit is looking beyond the goal line to what board member Joe Krause calls Muzz’s wheelhouse.
“We do the national anthem, we do God Bless America, we include music in football. But we’ve never done this vision and now, after three years, we’ve reached the point where we think it’s time,” Krause said.
Krause says the ultimate goal in the future is to have four to six events on the football field and four to six events on a stage.
The announcement took place at Entercom’s headquarters, the parent company of KYW Newsradio.