PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the second straight season, Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher is helping to fight autism through the "Shoot for a Solution" campaign.
For every free throw made by the Storm women's team this season, Coach Booher has pledged to donate $1 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks. The donations will help promote and fund research towards the treatment and, ultimately, cure of autism.
Team Mighty Mike is an effort on behalf of nine-year-old Michael Hansen, the youngest son of Booher's daughter's best friend, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2003. But Michael has not let his illness stop him from loving life and enjoying his childhood.
"Michael is a great little boy and he's made a big impact in our family," Booher said. "Thinking about him and other kids like him and what could happen if we don't continue to do research and work towards a cure for autism is cause of great concern. We just want to do our part to help."
Last year, Booher pledge for every three-pointer hit by the Storm during the season. Lake Erie went on to make 182 shots from beyond the arc, resulting in a donation of over $500 from the Storm's coach. Additionally, members of the team pledged to make individual donations to the cause as well.
Overall, the Storm helped raise over $1,200 for Team Mighty Mike and Autism Speaks.
"Our family has been involved with a lot of initiatives for Autism Speaks locally and I wanted to do something through our program here at Lake Erie," Booher said. "I hope that our fans and supporters will find this a fun way to support a great cause throughout the season."
Coach Booher and the Storm have again set a goal of raising at least $1,000 this season for Autism Speaks.
To join in the cause fans and supporters can either pledge any amount of their choice per free throw or by making a flat donation to the Shoot for a Solution campaign. Donations are tax deductible.
Pledge and donation forms are available by clicking here and at all Storm home games this season at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center in Painesville.