Early this past February, UCLA CART and UCLA Gymnastics partnered to put on an engaging event for CART families all throughout the greater Los Angeles area. This event was dedicated to families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Los Angeles and our CART families.
Before watching the UCLA Bruin Gymnasts battle it out for their highest scoring win of that point in the season, families were able to enjoy satisfying food and amusing games in UCLA’s premier Pauley Pavilion Club. Games ranged from ring toss to giant Jenga and even an interactive face-painting station was included. Both individuals with autism and typically developing individuals of all ages participated in these inclusively designed activities. All games and activities were run by CART researchers and treatment professionals from a variety of CART-affiliated research labs and treatment programs. Families were able to get to know CART staff, researchers, and clinicians to learn about CART’s wide-range of programing. Even Josie Bruin made a surprise appearance to inspire the vast amounts of children and UCLA fans alike present at the event. After the reception, families were left feeling encouraged and appreciated as well as given an added flare of UCLA spirit before they were invited up into the historic Pauley Pavilion to watch the 7-time National Championship winner UCLA gymnastics team. The Bruins came out on top of the Arizona Wildcats, which made for a rewarding finish to an already exceptional day.
For those who were in attendance, thank you for coming out to enjoy our event! Please be on the lookout for future CART family appreciation events as we would love to have your presence.
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