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Help Coach Booher Shoot for a Solution for Autism

Help Coach Booher Shoot for a Solution for Autism

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Talking about eight-year old Michael Hansen gets veteran Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher choked up.  Michael, the youngest son of Booher's daughter's best friend, 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."   

Coach Booher is doing his part to support Michael – and others just like him- through the "Shoot for a Solution" campaign during the 2011-12 basketball season.

For every three-pointer made by the Storm women's team, Coach Booher has pledged to donate $3 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.

"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."

Last season the Storm made 136 three-point shots, but Coach Booher expects his veteran squad to surpass that total.  Additionally, members of the team have pledge to make individual donations to the cause as well. 

Coach Booher and the Storm have 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 three-pointer 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.