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Apr 01, 2014
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Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino to ‘Light It Up Blue’ for Autism Awareness Month
Press Release

Dover International Speedway Logo
Dover International Speedway Logo
DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in support of Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign, will participate by illuminating both the Monster Monument and hotel façade in blue throughout the month of April.

With both companies participating in this event, two of the most recognizable landmarks in Delaware will be lit up blue throughout the month of April. The Monster Monument in Victory Plaza is the largest sports monument in the country, a 46-foot tall fiberglass structure of the track’s famous icon, Miles the Monster. On the opposite side of the property, the 500-room Dover Downs Hotel and Casino’s beautiful façade will display the blue lights.

The relationship between the Speedway and Autism Speaks dates back eight years, with the two organizations partnering on the track’s spring race weekend to help raise funds and awareness for the cause. For the fourth straight year, the Monster Mile, Autism Speaks and FedEx will join forces for the June 1, 2014 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Light It Up Blue kicks off each April 2, which is also the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day, and is a unique global initiative that starts Autism Awareness Month. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part in Light It Up Blue.

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated annually on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified and Asperger syndrome.

For more information about Light It Up Blue, visit liub.autismspeaks.org.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

About Dover Motorsports, Inc.

Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also hosts the annual Firefly Music Festival on its property each summer. Produced by Chicago-based Red Frog Events, the four day event features more than 100 bands on seven stages in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. For further information, log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com.

About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of more than 2,400 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 41,500 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com.

Source: Dover International Raceway




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