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Local high school soccer teams play to promote autism awareness

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On Wednesday night two local sport teams played in a soccer game to support AutismUp.

The Brighton Lady Barons hosted the Greece Arcadia Titans girl soccer team in their high school home season opener. This Blue and Green game was named after the colors of AutismUp, which is the area’s leading autism advocacy organization. 

The players hope to inspire others to support those with different abilities by bringing awareness to this organization. This is the second year Brighton high school has hosted a soccer game while promoting the cause. 

Brighton Varsity Soccer Coach Rita Kladstrup says,  “As a high school teacher and a coach, I am keenly aware of the need to value and embrace differing abilities. My coaching philosophy is that in order for us to grow as a team, we must develop both physically and emotionally, and one way to exercise our minds is to make a difference – involvement impacts peer perceptions in a positive way.”

The junior varsity game was held at 4:40 pm followed by the varsity game at 6:30 pm. Both games were played at Brighton High School. 

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