Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Corey Dickerson

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Pirates' Corey Dickerson And Wife, Beth Anne, Launch “Assists for Autism” Initiative

“I hope we set a record every month for assists, because these people are most important.”

April 01, 2019 - 9:49 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - During the month of April, Corey Dickerson and his wife, Beth Anne, will donate $100 to Autism Speaks for every outfield assist in the majors. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder announced his “Assists for Autism” initiative to help support people with autism and their families.

 “Definitely going to put our best foot forward to try to make as many outs as we can, not really hold back anything,” Dickerson said Saturday during an interview with the Pirates. “I hope other players feel encouraged to lend a hand also -- and fans, we hope they jump on board, too. We encourage them to. It could be a great thing.”

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After April, the Dickersons will donate $1,000 for every outside assist by a Pirate from May 1 through the end of the season.

“I’m very blessed to be able to have this platform,” Dickerson said. “It won’t always be here forever; money, you can’t take it with you. You want to be able to help other people, help people change, help people with autism and the things that are going on in their daily life. The last year, we’ve talked about it and tried to put a plan together.”

The couple was inspired to help this specific cause because of their family friends who have a daughter with autism.

“To have a close friend of ours go through it on a daily basis, with a child with autism and having another child, the lack of resources and also the family side, with the hard dynamics along with that,” Dickerson said. “It really touched us and touched my wife, because she’s in communication with her every single day. It feels like family to us. To be able to step in and try to make a difference is huge for us.”

Working with the Pirates and other organizations, the Dickersons will also host children with autism and their families to PNC Park this season and Pirates Charities will donate the 50/50 raffle at PNC Park on May 5th to the Dickersons’ initiative.

“It could grow. I hope it does. I hope we set records next month,” Dickerson said. “I hope we set a record every month for assists, because these people are most important.”

Fans can join the cause by pledging money for each outfield assist through the Assists for Autism page.

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