Putting a racket to autism

I never paid too much attention to autism when I was young. I didn’t care much about it as a young adult, either.

Now, I think about it all the time.

My six-year-old son, Ethan, deals with the disorder on a daily basis, which means I also do.

That’s why I think it’s so cool that Meagan Cain, a senior at St. Paul’s High School, organized the Serving for Autism Tennis Tournament this past weekend.

The event, which served as her senior project, helped raise awareness for autism while raising a little money for an organization I’ve gotten to know pretty well – the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The bad weather last Saturday condensed the schedule a bit, causing an aging reporter to have to play two matches in sucession on a Sunday afternoon.

I’m happy to report that mind won out over body, and at the risk of using a newspaper no-no, a good time was had by all.

Here’s the link for some pitcures from the event.


3 Responses to “Putting a racket to autism”

  1. Nancy Capps Says:

    Hi Randy,

    Thanks for raising awareness & money for the organization. There are so many children affected by it these days and it takes money to support education, services and research into the causes. Like you when you were younger, many people aren’t very aware of autism until it strikes. Though I do not have a family member with autism, serving on the CC Mental Health Board of Directors for the past 16 years has taught me so much about it and peaked my interest into self study on it many times.

    I pray someday they find the causes; and support such as yours help to make it possible!

    Nancy Capps

  2. Nancy Capps Says:


    I hope more young people such as Megan Cain get involved! What a great school project.


  3. Adonya Wong Says:

    Although, I am not a resident of Fayetteville, I am a mother to a son also on the spectrum.

    It is always reassuring to read a news bit that speaks of today’s youth doing something for someone else without expecting anything in return.

    Megan Cain is an exceptional young lady.

    I truly hope that the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and other seniors of St Paul’s HS follow her lead.

    With increased awareness comes compassion.

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.

    Adonya Wong
    Author | Autism Activist | Blogger

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