Red Claws host Autism Awareness Night


    The Maine Red Claws hosted Autism Awareness Night at Portland Expo Saturday.

    PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Maine Red Claws and Raptors 905 did two things Saturday night - play basketball and helping those with autism at the same time.

    The Portland Expo is usually a loud place with flashing lights and music, hoping to engage fans as they watch the game.

    However on Autism Awareness Night, the Red Claws, the Boston Celtics' G League team, partnered with Volk Packaging in a couple of ways.

    Maine's players wore special puzzle piece themed jerseys, and the game was played in a sensory-reduced environment with limited volume, flashing lights and other game presentation elements.

    Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle went to Spurwink Services as well.

    The Red Claws won the game 99-98.

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