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Causes: Autism Research, Children & Youth, Health, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Connecting Children with Autism to Sports and Recreational Activities​. Play4Autism is a NYC based organization that seeks to increase the public's awareness and acceptance of autism, while improving the quality of life and hope for children. We will achieve this goal by introducing children on the autism spectrum and their families to our Kidz into Action Program. This will help to improve their self-esteem and social interaction, increase their communication and leadership skills plus teach them how to sustain regular lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. Such can also help an individual improve their skills in areas such as sensory issues, behavior, cognition, perceptual/motor skills, and self-reliance or self-determination. We also believe that by teaching children the basics of organized individual instruction & team play they will learn the values of teamwork & community in a fun and safe atmosphere

Target demographics: Children along the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 140 children and their families

Geographic areas served: The tri-state NY Area.

Programs: Sports, Martial Arts, Creative Fitness Club, Gymnastics, Bowling, Sensory Friendly Sunday at LASERBOUNCE and more!

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Theron Tee A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Play4autism is great organization for kids with autism. My son has been a member for 2years and it has helped him a while lot. I recommend this program very highly to families with kids on the spectrum.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a father of a son with autism I have found Play4Autism to be the perfect fit for him. Not only is he learning to play various sports he is also improving his social & communication skills as well as making friends. I highly recomend Play4Autism and look forward to many more positive experiences....

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. I attend all their events and have helped out at their Open Sports Club program. I recommend Play4Autism to anyone who is looking for sports and recreational programs for their children. Keep up the amazing work guys.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have observed their Sports program in Queens and was impressed by how the children got along and how the community interacted with them. Highly recommend them as a program for children with autism and one if you are looking to make a contribution.

Anonymous 2016

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. Always doing programs for the children on the weekend. Love there Gymnastics Club at LIC Kids Gymnastics, the coaches are awesome. Would highly recommend checking them out

Client Served

Rating: 5

They continue to roll along. Have had the opportunity both as player (hockey) and father to be part of this great organization in the past. I bring my son to their weekend programs when we are in NYC and highly recommend them. Greg is so dedicated to putting the kidz into action. Keepup the great work. See you soon

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, I played in one of their hockey fundraisers a few years back. Would love to see their Kidz into Action Programs up here in the Boston area. Had the opportunity to meet Greg and was impressed with his dedication and knowledge towards the children in their programs, a friend of mine has a son registered with Play4Autism and he speaks the world of Play4Autism. Keep up the amazing work and hope to see you in Beantown

Client Served

Rating: 5

Year 3 and we can't say enough about Play4Autism and the awesome work they do for not only our children but all the children & adults that are part of this amazing organization. From their weekend programs to fundraiser to organizing trips to sporting events they are truly the ones to get involved with. Thank you Greg for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization. They do amazing weekend programs for our children as well allow the parents to get out and socialize with other parents. We've been with Play4Autism going on 2 years and would highly recommend checking them out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been members of Play4Autism for 2 plus years and highly recommend them to all. They hold weekend programs that fit our schedule perfectly and our children love attending and have made great strides in interacting with others. The other parents that attend with their children have been been awesome!! We love their events, they are all about awareness and acceptance. Thank you Greg and Helena, you 2 are amazing. Keep up the great work

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love it!!! My 2 children started with Play4Autism at their Gymnastics Club and have been given the opportunity to meet other children, which has helped with their communication skills and self esteem. We also go to the Laserbounce Club once a month and attend bowling as well an it is such a relieve to know there is so much support and love out there. Greg is awesome he is so dedicated and so involved with all aspects of the organization. Thumbs up all the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Play4autism has been such a great experience for our son allowing him to experience activities he wouldn't otherwise experience and enjoy doing them. Thank you!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the President & Founder of the Play4Autism I am blessed and honored to have coached and continue to coach such amazing children. They are "Truly Special" as are their parents whom are truly amazing!

Every weekend we hold a variety of different programs that helps to improve their self-esteem & social interaction through interactive activities in a healthy, loving and accepting environment. This physical activity is used to increase their communication and leadership skills plus teach them how to sustain regular lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

It's all about putting the Kidz into Action! either on the playing field or at a baseball game.

Greg Vasicek
President & Founder
Play4Autism Foundation

1 Shavonna Smith

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a parent and a professional, I'm truly astounded by the impact Play4Autism has on our community. They are provided our most vulnerable population with many opportunities to thrive. I am truly honored to be associated with this organization! Keep up the awesome work, you're changing lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Play4Autism for 3 years now and are truly impressed with the way they support children and their families through their Kidz into Action programs and fundraiser. Greg is an amazing person! Totally dedicated to eveyones needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have be going to the Laserbounce Club every first Sunday of the month and have been to a few of their fundraiser and can definiately say that Play4Autism is an awesome organization that works with children of all abilities and gives all the opportunity to feel part of something special and fun. We are relocating to Queens in the new year and will definately becomea full time member and look forward to their various programs for our children. Thank you Greg and everyone at Play4Autism for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! If you are looking for programs Play4Autism is awesome. Greg is great and finds the best location for our children.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As many parents know (including parents of kids on the spectrum) ;getting their kids off of the computer or other electronic devices and to participate in sports or play is tough.

There aren't many programs for kids on the spectrum and many times they are expensive, require regular attendance or both.

Many parents with kids on the spectrum, struggle to make regular attendance as the kids sometimes have bad days and skipping and staying home is an easier route.

What's great about Play4Autism's programs is Greg really tried to keep costs low and make attendance more flexible for families.

Play4Autism also does a lot of local community based efforts to raise awareness. Using social media and getting partnerships with local businesses to spread the word.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So happy to have joined Play4Autism. Such a great organization for Autism families. My 6 year old son really enjoyed today’s track event. They have many upcoming events that I am looking forward to attend with my family. I think it’s great that my daughters are able to participate and join in the fun with their little brother. It’s very inspiring and wonderful to see how dedicated and involved Greg is in making sure these fun and helpful activities are made possible for our families! Thank you!!

1 Margaret C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't think or believe there is anyone who works as hard as Greg. He is constantly working on events for the kids. Every single day he meets with local businesses and company to help sponsor the endless amounts of events, games, sporting events and fundraisers for the kids and their families. As a mother of a young adult with Aspergers I applaud his efforts. I'm forever grateful for his tireless efforts and never ending support to the families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Much needed program. Nothing like it. Mr Greg V is AWESOME! He's a dedicated professsional whose mission is to provide an amazing recreational and social experiences for individuals on the spectrum.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GREAT Organization!!!! Joseph has grown socially, stays fit and most importantly, has fun!!! Greg is on the go everyday fundraising, scheduling activities (bowling, gymnastics, kick-boxing etc.) or meeting up in the park for baseball, basketball, soccer and Joes favorite, WATER BALLOONS!!!! We appreciate you and this organization Greg!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How lucky were we to run into Greg at Chuckie Cheese Autism Sunday with our grandson Joseph. We could immediately tell this organization was exactly what we were looking for after speaking with Greg for a short time. It takes a special person to teach special kids and we have found that and more in Play4autism.

2 nyckidneycoalition

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Greg at a community event. Through that event we started sharing ideas and working together at a few events. Play4Autism is dedicated to their mission and helping others. Greg is an amazing person who is dedicated to the children he helps and the community. It is a honor to work with him and an asset to know him. Looking forward to working with him in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is truly a "one of a kind" - Amazing foundation!

The founder Greg and his wife Helena are very special people
with hearts of gold! They take the foundation's
mission seriously... and dedicate all they have to it.....
...It's all about the children!

This organization makes sure to put the children's wants
and needs first! Patience and understanding are key!

They say "pictures say a thousand words" --
Look at the pictures---- They say it all !!!!

Thank you -- for all you do!





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Client Served

Rating: 5

Play4autism is a great organization for my 3 1/2 year old son. He is one of the youngest members and Greg has already coached him on hitting a ball with a bat,kicking a soccer ball in the net and of course breaking water balloons with a ball. The dedication,heart and soul that goes into this organization is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been involved with Play4Autism for the past several years and this is one of, if not the best organizations for children on the spectrum and/or special needs to have fun while learning both sports and social skills. Greg Vasicek is an amazing coach as well as a person who puts his whole heart and life into the organization he founded. Play4Autism depends on private donations and fundraisers and I cannot think of any other one that deserves support more!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Play4Autism is a great organization that is dedicated in creating an athletic outlet for kids with Autism to introduce them to different types of sports. The founder, Greg, is motivated to provide the best opportunity for the children to socialize and expand their creativity. What better way for the kids to build friendships and get a little dirty.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister invited my daughter and I two years ago for a Halloween event by Play4Autism. My nephew is autistic and I found it very inspiring that this foundation held such an awesome party. The kids interacted with each other and played games. Everyone was super nice and we had such a good time. It is very thoughtful to make these children be treated no different. Wish I could have gone this year (my nephew Marcus was featured on NY1) but we had plans. I seen the pictures and videos. I do look forward to next year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wish I could give them more stars! Play4Autism is truly a class organization and I am proud to have been able to contribute to them in the past and will continue to do so. The work they do for the community is amazing and they are truly dedicated towards their mission of spreading awarness and putting the kidz into action.

Thank guys and keep up the great work!!!!!!
Buddy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Play4Autism is a fantastic Organization with a beautiful goal. As Co-Owner of Wild Free Yogi Studio, I am honored to be partnered with Play4Austism. They bring Joy and an outlet to children who need it the most, make parents feel like they are not alone and have a special community to call home, and spread awareness to the public about what autism is. 5 Star Organization!

1 Ameena R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since 2015, my son has continued to be part of this awesome organization. Greg's mission is clear with wanting to have programs and events that are autism friendly! I'm very fortunate that my son (and I) are part of Play4Autism.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. My son loves going to the weekend sports programs. The coaches are very dedicated and we also are able to go to sporting events like the NJ Devils and the Brooklyn Cyclones. Highly recommend Play4Autism to everyone.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Play4Autism as a volunteer on numerous occasions at their Kidz into Action Programs as well as with fundraisers in the past and have to say I am impressed with the way they teach the children various aspects of sports in a non-judgmental, safe and fun atmosphere. Would recommend them very highly and am looking forward to working with them in the near future upon my return to the NY area. Well done to all and the children are awesome!!!!

Mike

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

This foundation was exactly what i was looking for. Greg is absoultely amazing with the kids and all the activities are just great for our Autistic community of kids

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! Greg is truly dedicated to working with kids!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Play4Autism! Greg has made it possible for children with special needs have a place to get active and learn to socialize all in one program. To have a program where my son can learn how to play brings promise and hope for a better tomorrow. Giving to this organization will benefit do many kids and parents alike. Thank you Greg! Thank you got all your hard work, determination and heart! You give and care so much for the kids, I don't think as an Autism Mom I can thank you enough!

3 Jerry50

Client Served

Rating: 5

Play4Autism is a great organization that makes each family feel safe and welcome. Greg is a great man that dedicates his time and effort to making an unique experience for our children. They do not try to mold your child to an activity but make the activity work for your child. I can only hope that others can find this organization and share the same times we have.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Greg and Play 4autism has not only helped our son make friends but also helped my husband and I enter a world of acceptance and understanding...

Or son became a member of Play 4autism about 8 months ago. We were so worried that he would not have the skills to participate in sports or be able to interact with other children because of his condition but Greg proved us wrong. Our son had a lot of fun and he made a friend on his first day. We had an amazing time full of smiles and laughs. We did not feel different or awkward. Before becoming a member of Play 4autism, my husband and I felt alone and misunderstood. We didn’t know much about how to deal with our son but Greg introduced us to other parents who went through exactly what we were going through. These parents gave us advice and made us feel like we were no longer alone. Greg and the foundation gave us strength to face the bad days that children on the spectrum often have and they gave the good days better meanings. Our son now has plenty of friends. Greg helped him become confident and outgoing. Play 4autism doesn’t just help children with special needs, the foundations helps families. We are very lucky to be a part of it.

2 Thomas63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, what an organization. Greg, the founder of Play4Autism has done some incredible things for these children by putting them first. My experience seeing these families brought together was life changing. After spending a few hours with the children and their families you really start to put things into perspective. To see the smiles and hear the laughs as these children feel apart of the Play4Autism family is truly something special. Greg's passion for these children and spreading awareness has truly made a difference and I erg everyone to help and get involved!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 10 year old son with Autism has been a member of Play4Autism's "Kidz Into Action" program since April 2015. I have seen my son grow and become more confident with the other children (even with the non-autistic children that come out to play at the Middle Village Playground in Queens). Greg, the founder, is a great coach! He is dedicated to each child individually and all the children as a whole. He is also involved with the parents, which is an admirable trait. His vision is unlike no other and I look forward to see what the future holds for Play4Autism. I am proud to say that my son is a part of this organization!