Strides for Autism
We are just a few days away from Upstate Strides for Autism! I hope that you’ve successfully set up your team or registered online! We are looking forward to a great day with lots of fun activities for the whole family! The following are some of the most common questions coming in. Please let me know if there is any other way I can be of assistance. See you Saturday!
What is the Strides website address?
What time does it start?
Onsite registration begins at 8 am and the event itself starts at 9 am.
Where is Upstate Strides?
Heritage Park in Simpsonville. The park is located just off Highway 14, south of downtown Simpsonville. Follow the signs to the Heritage Park Ampitheater to find the park. You can also click here for online directions.
What if it rains?
Strides for Autism is rain or shine! Thankfully the forecast is calling for “shine”!
Are dogs allowed?
Service animals are always welcome, but the City of Simpsonville has an ordinance that prohibits regular pets at Heritage Park.
How long is the walk?
The path around the park is approximately 1 mile. There are also a few cut-offs to make it shorter. You can walk as much or as little as you choose. “It is about awareness, not endurance.”
Can I bring a stroller/wagon/wheelchair?
Absolutely! The whole path is paved with cut curbs.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participate in the event. However, with a $25 individual donation, you will receive a walk t-shirt. With a $50 family donation, you will receive 4 walk t-shirts.
What if I want more shirts?
Additional shirts will be on sale for $10 each.
Do all of my sponsors get t-shirts?
T-shirts are available at the event only. We do not mail them. If you have a sponsor who meets the donation criteria listed above, you can pick up their shirt at the event.
Will anything else be sold?
The South Carolina Autism Society will have a variety of autism awareness merchandise available for sale. There will be a few other vendors selling items as well.
Will you take credit cards?
We accept cash, checks, Visa, and Mastercard.
What about my sponsors who don’t want to donate online?
Your sponsors can also pay by cash or check. Checks should be made out to South Carolina Autism Society. So that your Team receives credit, please note your team name in the memo field. Bring everything to the event on Saturday.
What if something happens and I can’t come Saturday?
You can mail your sponsorships to our Columbia office at 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.
What about donations that come in after the walk?
You can send them to our Columbia office at 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.
Current Exhibitor list:
Have you registered for
Strides for Autism
Upstate Strides for Autism
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Heritage Park in Simpsonville
of NBC’s The Biggest Loser
… and parent of a child with autism.
Onsite registration at both events begins at 8:00 am, with the fun-walk beginning at 9 am. Note that this is a “walk-what-you-can” event. We will also have a Resource Fair, and lots of fun family activities!
The Strides for Autism website is located at
There are a few options you may want to consider.
Start A Team:
Create a team to recognize someone affected by autism. Whether you are an individual with autism, family member, provider, friend, or a member of the community who wants to get involved, this is the most popular option. Once your team is created, you can contact your friends, family, coworkers, etc. to sponsor your team for the walk(s).
*Note – If you created a team in the past, you will need to create a new one this year.
Join A Team:
This is where you can sponsor another team that is participating in Strides for Autism. A great way to show your financial support, especially if you cannot make it out to the walks. This is also where those who want to support your team can go online and donate.
If you want to come to a Strides for Autism event, but do not want to Start or Join a Team, this is the place for you.
Best of luck to all teams and individuals as we take Strides for Autism! Remember, together we can solve the puzzle!
Current sponsors include: