With diagnosis of autism on the rise nationally, local
grassroots efforts to spread awareness are sprouting up, beginning with a Monopoly tournament in
downtown Boone on Friday, Oct. 11.
The dice-rolling, hotel empire-procuring and bankruptcy-dodging fun begins at 4:30 p.m. at Footsloggers, located at 139 Depot St. in Boone. The championship round begins at 6:30 p.m.
A second event will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, in West Jefferson. The game begins at 9:30 a.m. at the West Jefferson Coffee House, located on the Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson. The championship round starts at 11:30 a.m.
In order to determine the initial field of competitors, Taylor said chances to play will be sold at the price of $5 for one ticket or three tickets for $10.
All proceeds of the 16-player format tournament will benefit the locally based initiative, Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature, organizer Jim Taylor said.
After the initial 90 minutes of play, the field will be trimmed to just four players, before a final round is begun to name a champion.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $100. All finalists will receive a prize, as well, Taylor said.
To add an element of prestige to the event, Taylor has recruited Monopoly national champion John Meyer, who was also diagnosed with autism.
Taylor said Meyer is officiating the event free of charge in hopes of spreading awareness.
“We hope to replicate the tournament across the state,” Taylor said.
For more information on KAMPN, visit http://kampn4autism.appstate.edu.