Maryland Championship Wrestling aims to bodyslam autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the United States and tens of millions worldwide. Today, it is estimated that one in every 88 children and one in 54 boys are diagnosed with autism.
Matt Bowman, who performed as a professional wrestler under the stage name “The Wiseguy” Jimmy Cicero for over two decades, now uses his notoriety to bring awareness to autism. In early 2009, when Bowman and his wife Windra learned that their young son was autistic, he returned to the ring for the sole purpose of promoting autism awareness. Bowman’s mission became even more important to his family when his second son was also diagnosed with autism.
“Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States,” says Matt Bowman, husband and father of two autistic sons, ages 4 and 6. “Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.”
Maryland Championship Wrestling co-owner Dan McDevitt is a long-time friend of Matt Bowman, and on April 25th, they will team up with Sean Waltman to bodyslam autism.
“I am ecstatic to be a part of this event and to be assisting Matt in his efforts to raise money for autism awareness, “says McDevitt.
“For me, raising autism awareness achieves victory on two different fronts. It allows me the opportunity to encourage families who suspect that a loved one may potentially be on the autism spectrum to seek an early diagnosis which in turn can lead to early intervention. I also am able to build bridges within the special needs community. The daily challenges that families with autism face are monumental, for me to be able to share information and provide support is absolutely invaluable.” Bowman said.
The Maryland Championship Wrestling event, Body Slam Autism, will emanate from The New Green Room in Dundalk, Md., on Friday April 25, with an 8 p.m. bell time. Fans will be treated to eight action-packed matches featuring Sean Waltman, MCW Heavyweight Champion Christian York, MCW tag Team Champions Naplam & Solo, Jessie Kaye, Renee Michelle and all of the stars of Maryland Championship Wrestling. Partial proceeds from this event will be donated to Autism Speaks.
You can get more event information as it becomes available and purchase tickets online at MCW’s official website, www.MarylandWrestling.com, or you can call the 24 Hour MCW Information line at 410-541-6291.