ROCKINGHAM — It was a packed house at Striker’s Bowling Alley for the fourth annual Strike Out Autism event Monday night.
Emily Tucker, leader of the Richmond County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina, said it was a “record night” with 19 teams participating, including two from Richmond Community College.
There were also teams from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Alfredson’s Import Repair. Tucker said those two teams have participated every year and have a friendly competition going.
Money raised from the event will go toward sending local autistic children to Camp Royall, which hosts “the nation’s oldest and largest summer camp program for people on the autism spectrum,” according to its website.
Tucker said at least two local children will attend camp this summer.
John Carr’s son Alexander is already there.
“I’m grateful for the community to come out and support our children,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed by the support.”
Carr’s family was one of six families with autistic children at the bowling event. He said they’ve participated the past three years.
Tucker said her son, Scott, may go to Camp Royall again this year if a spot opens up. She said the children are usually guaranteed a spot their first year. If they’ve already attended, then they’re put on a waiting list and are chosen by lottery.
Tucker said that past events have raised around $,1500, almost enough to cover the $1,700 camp fee. She said the total may be closer to $2,000 this year.
Contact reporter William R. Toler at 910-997-3111, ext. 16.