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December 28, 2022

Flutie Foundation donates autism-awareness sneakers to Worcester nonprofit

Photo | Courtesy of Flutie Foundation Charlie Brooks of Community Healthlink Inc. with the “Be Seen” autism acceptance sneakers.

Framingham-based nonprofit Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism has partnered with Laced Differently, an employee resource group at New York sportswear company Foot Locker Inc., to design and donate autism-awareness sneakers to Worcester behavioral health nonprofit Community Healthlink, Inc. in Worcester.

The sneakers were designed by wrestling costume designer Sarath Ton. The designs include words like “awareness” and “acceptance,” as well as symbols representing neurodiversity and autism, according to a Thursday announcement from the Flutie Foudation.

The shoes were donated to Community Healthlink for the organization to distribute to people with autism in the community during the holiday season.

The specialty sneakers are called Diadora N9002.

The Flutie Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie. The foundation is named after their son, Dougie, who was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old.

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