'Go Long For Luke' helps teens with autism once they get out of school

Luke Greenfield is a 14-year-old who loves football. Luke also has autism.When he was in fourth grade, he was in an integrated class where students with special needs were partnered with student mentors their own age.

Cole Faller was in Greenfield's class, and he wanted to make sure Luke felt included with all the other students. So, he teamed up with his twin brother Jesse and Luke's twin sister Sophie to create something incredible.

That something was Go Long for Luke.

"The kids decided to do a little flag football fundraiser on behalf of Luke and called it "Go Long for Luke," said Luke and Sophie's mom Sandi Greenfield. "It's kids raising money for kids with autism."

Go Long for Luke began as a way for children with autism and those without to come together. Now, Sophie Greenfield, Luke's twin sister, says it's going to create a life for young people with autism to have a place to go once they age out of school.

"Right now in the world, once you're 21, there's really nothing for people like my son," said Luke's father Scott Greenfield.

Go Long for Luke has been raising money for the past several years. the Greenfield's lived in New York up until last year, so this will be the very first fundraiser held in Atlanta in Chastain Park.

Sandi Greenfield, Luke and Sophie's mother said she's seen how this event brought the community together in New York, and she hopes that will happen here in Atlanta too.

If you'd like more information about Go Long for Luke's event coming up, click HERE.

If you'd like to register to play football or to donate, click HERE. The deadline to register to play flag football is September 19.

Event Details:

DATE: September 22, 2018
TIME:3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Chastain Park
140 W Wieuca Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

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