SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's volleyball team and C.R.A.Y.O.N Club will be joining forces at the annual "Spike Out Autism'' event at Union Catholic on Saturday, Sept. 29.   

The C.R.A.Y.O.N (Community Raising Autism- Awareness Yielding Opportunities Now) Club will be hosting a special needs sports day for kids and teens from ages 12-21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the courtyard at Union Catholic. The event will take place right before the annual Spike Out Autism volleyball match at Union Catholic between UC and Paramus. The varsity teams will play at Noon, and the J.V. teams will follow.  

At the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club event there will be lots of sports stations led by UC athletes, and refreshments will be available. At the "Spike Out  Autism'' volleyball match, which has taken place since 2003, proceeds will be donated to the ARC of Union County, and to Camp Fatima of New Jersey. 

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UC senior Audrey Davis, President of the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club and the founder and organizer of the A.W.A.R.E Club (Active Walking and Respite Exercise Club) for special needs teens, is very excited about the event.

"I'm so excited for this,'' said Davis. "This is a passion of mine and something I want to continuing doing for the rest of my life. I want to go into special needs advocacy and law. And so many people are affected by autism and other special needs, so I feel it's important for all of us who are lucky to have such a great school experience here to be able to give back to kids and have fun with them. It's mutually beneficial.'' 

Mrs. Nancy Saggio, UC's head volleyball coach and moderator for the CR.A.Y.O.N. Club, said that the success of the A.W.AR.E. Club triggered the addition of the Sports Day event.  

"Because Audrey had so much success in the summer with her walking program, it made sense to have an active sports respite program before the match,'' said Mrs. Saggio.  

Anyone who wants to attend the C.RA.Y.O.N Club Sports Day can register here.