The Wrestle Against Autism tournament started with a group of high school wrestling officials who were looking to give something back to the community. The tournament has grown to include both college and high school officials throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania along with many volunteers throughout Ohio.
Each year we combine the love of the sport of wrestling to create awareness and raise money to support families struggling with autism.
4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities.
The 4 Paws Autism Assistance Dogs can be trained in a variety of tasks to assist a child. These include behavior disruption, to distract and disrupt repetitive behaviors or ‘meltdowns’, tethering to prevent and protect a child from wandering, and search and rescue tracking to locate a child who has eloped, as some children with autism are inclined to do.
The 4 Paws for Ability’s Autism Assistance Dog Program is geared towards young children with autism and those teens and adults with autism who, will for all intents and purposes, never be independent and will function more like children.
4 Paws have discovered a magic that exists between children and dogs, a magic that can become a life-saving miracle for a child paired with one of our Autism Assistance Dogs. Autism Assistance Dogs are task-trained to mitigate the impacts of autism and provide their partners with stability in unfamiliar environments.
The goal of Wrestling Against Autism is to create awareness, raise funds, provide peace of mind for families and inspire others to help the the cause.