Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams To Host Families Affected By Autism

News & Views | Camille Travis | 04/02/2014 | 02:30 PM EDT

The NBA star will invite dozens of families to a special night at Barclays Center

What's Good? Deron Williams!


In honor of April being Autism Awareness Month, the Brooklyn Nets point guard is doing his part to bring comfort to those families affected by the disorder. He will host 65 families in one of Barclays Center's quieter suites when the Nets play the Atlanta Hawks on April 11.


"If people don't know about the disease, it's hard to control some of the kids," he said, detailing the challenges of bringing autistic children to overwhelming events such as an NBA game. Williams and his wife Amy have an adopted four-year-old son of their own who was diagnosed with autism nearly three years ago.


"There's different levels of the spectrum and some kids are bothered by loud noise and ruckus, and so if they can get in a setting where they can kind of be away from it, it makes it a little easier and allows the parents to relax a little bit more and just allow them to enjoy it."


The star offered up his suite last year for the same great cause, yet he went even bigger this year with the purchase of 102 tickets for the game. Williams is also trying to get donors onboard.


Williams and his wife established the Point of Hope Foundation in 2007 to help impact the lives of children in need, but has since shifted the focus to raising awareness and funding for research of the disorder. He is also an ambassador for Autism Speaks.

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