Seahawks Announce Activities in Support of Autism Awareness Month

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks announced today the team will donate 10% of sales for every regular priced hat and knit cap sold in April at Seahawks retail stores to Ben's Fund, in support of Autism Awareness Month. 

The four retail stores are located at CenturyLink Field, downtown Seattle, Renton Landing and Alderwood Mall. Fans will also be able to make an in-store donation at check-out.

Ben's Fund was launched in 2012 by Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider and his wife, Traci, in honor of their son, Ben, who was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Ben's Fund is managed in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT). 

Ben's Fund provides grants to families across Washington State to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum. Through the end of 2015, more than $400,000 has been distributed to 500 families in the State of Washington.

This year, Ben's Fund and FEAT hope to distribute 400 Microsoft Surface Tablets free of charge to eligible families thanks to the generosity of Microsoft employees. From March 14-April 15, families can apply online at http://www.featwa.org/microsoft-surface-giveaway.

Last fall, the Seahawks announced a partnership with Autism Friendly Locations to provide toolkits to make CenturyLink Field and gameday activities more user friendly for fans on the spectrum. The toolkits include noise cancelling headphones, ear plugs, sensory toys, detailed schedule and identifier badge. Fans can pick-up the toolkit at guest services located in the Field Plaza just south of The Pro Shop on the Field Level.

Throughout the first week of April, the arch lights on the roof of CenturyLink Field will be blue as part of the Light It Up Blue campaign. Bring awareness to the Twitter conversation and support @FEATofWA by tagging photos of @CenturyLink_Fld blue arches with #LIUB (Light It Up Blue) and #BensFund. 

For more information visit Seahawks.com/BensFund.

About Ben's Fund

"Ben's Fund" provides grants to families across Washington State to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum. For more information visit Seahawks.com/BensFund.

About Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington

FEAT of Washington is a non-profit organization that strives to reach families with a child or children on the autism spectrum, providing support, guidance and resources for families in the community. For the past 15 years, FEAT has been developing, creating and inspiring autism programming for Washington's children solely to achieve one purpose - to help those children reach their full potential. Visit featwa.org to learn more.

Seahawks announce online auction benefit Ben's Fund

 

RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks announced today an online auction with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to "Ben's Fund".  The online auction begins on April 13 and will run through May 1, 2015.
 
Auction Items Available April 13-19, 2015

  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson #3 Autographed Authentic NFL Football
  • Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman #25 Autographed Authentic NFL Football
  • Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin #51 Autographed Replica Jersey

 Auction Items Available April 20-26, 2015

  • Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX Commemorative Football Autographed by Various Players
  • Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX Practice Used Football
  • Seattle Seahawks Game Used Football (10/14/2014 vs. Dallas Cowboys)

Auction Items Available April 27 – May 1, 2015

  • Seattle Seahawks Game Used Football (11/27/2014 vs. San Francisco 49ers)
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson #3 Autographed Authentic NFL Football
  • Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor #31 Autographed Authentic NFL Football

A minimum opening bid is set at $250.  Fans will be able to bid on the items from April 13-May 1, 2015.

About Ben’s Fund

“Ben’s Fund” provides grants to families across Washington State to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum.  For more information visit Seahawks.com/BensFund.

About Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington

FEAT of Washington is a non-profit organization that strives to reach families with a child or children on the autism spectrum, providing support, guidance and resources for families in the community. For the past 15 years, FEAT has been developing, creating and inspiring autism programming for Washington's children solely to achieve one purpose - to help those children reach their full potential.

Seahawks Support Autism Awareness Month

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks announced today the arch lights on the roof of CenturyLink Field will be among many iconic monuments around the world being illuminated blue to support the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

In addition, the team will donate 10% of sales to "Ben's Fund" for every regular priced hat and knit cap sold during the month of April at the team's four retail stores. The retail stores, known as THE PRO SHOP, are located at CenturyLink Field, 401 Pike Street, The Landing in Renton and Alderwood Mall. 

Ben's Fund, launched in 2012 by Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider and his wife Traci in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), provides grants to families across Washington State to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum. 

"On average, autism costs a family approximately $60,000 a year," said Seahawks GM John Schneider.  "We created Ben's Fund to help ease the financial stress that impacts families with a child on the spectrum."

Ben's Fund was established at FEAT in order to provide grants to families for their children on the spectrum and to drive families to FEAT so they will be connected to a larger community to receive ongoing guidance and assistance as they continue their journey with autism. One in 68 children and one in 42 boys are affected with autism.

"Through Ben's Fund, we have raised more than $850,000 and distributed more than $400,000 dollars in grants to over 500 families in the state," said Traci Schneider.  "These grants help pay for a variety of therapies, services and even tablets to help with communication."

The primary fundraiser for Ben's Fund is an annual celebrity waiter's event with participation from Seahawks players and coaches.  Prime Time will be held on April 23 at El Gaucho and is sold-out for the fourth consecutive year.


Seahawks GM Schneider's personal cause: autism

RENTON -- The fight against autism has a powerful ally: the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The team is part of a fundraiser underway to support families with autistic children.

It's a cause close to the team's heart, because autism is a daily reality for the head of the team. General Manger John Schneider and his wife, Traci Schneider, are parents of an autistic child.

"He was diagnosed at three and now he's 12," Traci said of their son, Ben. "It was horrible because you never want to hear something is wrong with your child, and something so big as autism. On the other hand, it was comforting in away because we finally knew what was happening."     

Autistic children have a range of needs.  Many have sensory issues and need in-home swings or trampolines.  Non-verbal children can benefit from using an iPad to communicate. The range of special equipment and therapy can cost families upwards of $60,000 a year. 

Seahawks Increase Autism Awareness Efforts in April

The Seahawks this week announced an online auction with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to "Ben's Fund".

Launched in 2012 by Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider and his wife Traci, "Ben's Fund" was created to provide grants for families supporting a child, or children on the autism spectrum in the state of Washington. Grants can be utilized to cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and other resources.

The online auction begins on April 7 and will feature autograph memorabilia from the Seahawks Super Bowl season, such as: Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Deluxe Replica Helmet signed by Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll or Super Bowl XLVIII Game Program signed by Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin. Detailed information on Ben's Fund and autograph items can be found at Seahawks.com/PrimeTime.

Seattle Cinerama to Donate 12% of Sales from NFL Films' Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Cinerama to screen 10-day run of NFL Films' Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle SeahawksCinerama will host viewing parties of the film "Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks" that chronicles the Seahawks' historic 2013 season, which culminated with the 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The viewing parties will be held April 20th through 30th, 2014. Tickets for each show are $12 and can purchased on our site. Cinerama will donate 12% from ticket sales to "Ben's Fund" which supports Washington families with financial assistance for services related to autism spectrum disorder treatments.

Seahawks family rallies for autism charity

According recent figures, one out of every 68 children has autism, and it strikes boys at a rate five-times higher than girls.

Treating autism properly is costly. To pay for specialized education and developmental therapy services, families can spend $60,000 or more per year.

On Wednesday, David Boze welcomed Traci Schneider and her husband John, general manger of the Seahawks, to talk about their charity that helps families pay for the cost of caring for children with autism.

When their son, Ben, was 3, doctors diagnosed him with autism. Ben got 35 hours per-week of applied behavioral analysis therapy administered by a team of five specialists – plus, speech and occupational therapy outside the home.

The therapy paid off, and Ben eventually began attending a mainstream school. Realizing how much therapy costs, the Schneiders started Ben’s Fund in 2012 to help families get the financial support needed to provide proper autism treatment.

“Most insurance companies don’t cover autism care, and the state doesn’t have a program to cover autism care – people are paying out of pocket,” Traci Schneider told Boze. “I think part of the problem is that autism is considered a developmental disability, and with so many insurance companies, they don’t cover developmental disabilities.”