Cheerleaders Compete Against Autism

by Danielle Cotterman on October 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

Area residents dodged the raindrops at Zane Landing Park Saturday morning to help raise money and awareness of Autism for the city’s annual Autism Walk.

This year’s walk brought-out a little competition, cheerleaders from both Sheridan and Maysville High School competed to see which squad could raise the most donations. Maysville cheerleaders captain Olivia Hamilton said her brother has a mild condition of Autism, so she knows what the competition is really all about.

"I think that’s a great idea," expressed Hamilton, "because no matter who wins it benefits local families and that’s all that matters."

Southeast Ohio Autism Association President Shannon Coconis said one out of every 100 kids is diagnosed with Autism. The Autism Walk is one of two fundraisers held each year in Zanesville benefiting local families dealing with the disease.

"It let’s families know they’re not alone," said Coconis. "There are hundreds of other people in the county and surrounding counties that are dealing with Autism and it kind of makes you feel like you have an extended family."

Last year the Autism Association of Southeastern Ohio gave nearly $12,000 to families in need. This year they hope to raise and give $20,000.

For more information and ways to help, visit the national autism association of south-east Ohio online at