Bout’s Routes annual Autism Ride raises money, awareness
BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Saturday, hundreds of motorists rode together to help spread autism awareness.
The annual Bout’s Routes Autism Ride saw motorcycles, law enforcement vehicles, and cars lined up at Ocean Springs High School before hitting Highway 90 and heading towards Laurel where a festival took place.
Bout’s Routes founder Greg Boutwell says the event has grown a lot over the years. Last year, 400 riders participated.
Preacher, a rider, told WLOX this event hits close to home because his son has autism.
“My oldest son is autistic, so autism awareness was close to the heart. The first three years it was popular we had people come out. Autism is stuck. It’s definitely something that needs to be talked about. Have people bring it to life you know their families and loved ones. That’s what we’re here to do,” Preacher said.
All proceeds are donated to TEAAM Autism and The Social Club, non-profits for autistic children and adults based in Laurel.
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