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Long Island Bandits Softball Team Competes in Autism Awareness Tournament

When the Bandits heard about this event, they immediately jumped at the opportunity to help and support a good cause. Jake Lucera, Assistant Manager in our Adult Day Services Program and also a player of the Bandits, thought it would be a great idea to see if the agency would help fund the autism awareness-themed jerseys for the Bandits.

DDI was thrilled to assist with the funding of the jerseys for this important event. With gratitude, the Bandits proudly sported their DDI-sponsored autism awareness jerseys with DDI’s 60th-anniversary logo. As both the Bandits and DDI united for this great cause to bring awareness for autism, the Bandits were also happy to try and bring home the gold!

While the Bandits sadly lost the playoffs, they helped raise necessary funds to continue to bring autism awareness and acceptance into our communities. The winning team of the tournament won $600 dollars, which they donated back to the Autism Awareness Foundation. What an example of true sportsmanship!

Lucera said, “It was a pleasure having DDI’s name highlighted on our backs and supporting a great cause. I can’t thank you all enough for making this possible.”

The Bandits team has been assembled for a little over a year, primarily based in Shirley, New York. They have competed in tournaments all over the Northeast and are looking forward to traveling more this year, as they have tournaments in Connecticut and Florida coming up.

Good luck, Bandits, and thank you for your dedication to promoting autism awareness!