Ticket sales for Thunderbirds game goes towards local organization

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was another exciting day Sunday with the Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center, following the team’s win against Hartford Saturday night.

The team faced off against Bridgeport Sunday afternoon, with the proceeds of the game going to a good cause. A portion of tickets sales went towards the Start ‘Em Early Foundation.

Part of this local organization’s mission is to raise awareness for youth autism and early intervention. The proceeds of Sunday’s fundraising efforts will go towards the group’s sensory sack project, which is an effort to bring tools to first responders so they can better handle situations involving sensory challenged individuals.

Erik Davidson founded the organization. As a retired EMT he wanted to continue helping other first responders. He told 22News they have delivered sensory kits to first responders across the county.

Co-Founder of the Start ‘Em Early Foundation, JoAnn Davidson told 22News, “The biggest thing we have is there are the noise canceling headphones, because a lot of kids and people with sensory processing issues, loud noises are really triggering to them.”

The fundraising proceeds will also go towards a scholarship program that helps future EMTs get their training.

The Thunderbirds did win Sunday’s game in a shootout, the score was 4-3. The next home game for the team will be on Friday.

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