Dover, DE, March 25, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway will continue their support for autism awareness by participating in the global “Light It Up Blue” campaign, organized by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, in April.
Two of Delaware’s most famous landmarks, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel, will be illuminated in blue light throughout April, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month.
The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza is 46-feet tall, and is the largest fiberglass sports monument in the country. Since its debut in 2008, it has become the symbol of Dover International Speedway throughout the motorsports world. The hotel, Delaware’s largest with 500 rooms, has been serving thousands of guests per year since it opened in 2002.
Autism is a summary term for a group of brain development disorders, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest statistics show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have autism.
Dover International Speedway has had a long relationship with autism awareness. The “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15, will mark the 10th consecutive year the Monster Mile’s spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will have an autism awareness element within the entitlement sponsorship.
Also on May 15, the track will host an Autism Awareness Day at the Races program for families and children on the autism spectrum for the fifth straight year. The package provides a sensory-friendly environment to watch the race, and also features pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, seating in air-conditioned grandstands, presentations by educational speakers, food and beverage options, as well as a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway proudly partner with Autism Delaware’s Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation Program, which provides employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum. Eleven people on the autism spectrum are employed by Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway in a variety of capacities. Through the partnership, both companies have gained highly productive, reliable employees, and emphasize defining a person by their ability, not disability.
To help support this partnership, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino donated office space to Autism Delaware in 2013. The office supports the POW&R program, and provides a Kent County office for Autism Delaware, which offers adult services, clinical services and family support.
For more information about Light It Up Blue, visit www.autismspeaks.org/liub.
For more information about Autism Delaware, visit delautism.org.
About Dover Motorsports, Inc.
Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.
About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of more than 2,400 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 41,500 square feet of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Autism Delaware
Autism Delaware helps Delawareans and their families that are affected by Autism, helping to provide them with opportunities to learn, grow and live full lives and being included as valued members of their communities. They are the leading resource for expertise, advocacy and raising awareness of Autism in Delaware. To learn more about Autism Delaware, please visit delautism.org.