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Autism Speaks Appoints Leverage Agency as Sponsorship Agency of Record

LogoNEW YORK, N.Y. – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a new partnership with New York City-based sports and entertainment marketing firm Leverage Agency. The agency will work closely with Autism Speaks to procure sponsorship opportunities for their national walks and major events. This is the first time Autism Speaks has retained an agency in this capacity.

Autism Speaks hosts and produces more than 100 fund-raising walks across the country as well as multiple high-profile events throughout the year. These include Autism Awareness Games with Major League Baseball, Tip-off for a Cure Benefit with the National Basketball Association, Light it up Blue in Aspen, Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge, and the FedEx 400 at the Dover International Speedway.

“We’ve worked closely with Leverage in the past, and we were impressed with their professionalism and passion,” said Alec Elbert, Chief Strategy Officer at Autism Speaks. “The Leverage team deeply understands of our mission to raise awareness of autism and turn that into action. We’re looking forward to a productive partnership.” “Everyone at Leverage is proud to collaborate with Autism Speaks, and we’re confident we can help this incredible organization maximize their assets to the fullest,” said Ben Sturner, CEO and Founder of Leverage Agency.

About Autism Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

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 more than $500 million dollars to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. 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

About Leverage Agency Leverage Agency is a full service sports, entertainment, and media marketing company. Its accomplished staff brings deep expertise in creating 360° marketing partnerships through branded packaging, sponsorship sales, content creation/distribution, public relations, experiential marketing, and asset valuation/ROI analytics. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Miami, Leverage provides insight-driven strategies and develops customized programs for clients to engage their target consumers through impactful marketing campaigns. For more information, please visit:

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Our accomplished staff brings deep expertise in creating 360° marketing partnerships through branded packaging, sponsorship sales, content creation and distribution, public relations, social media, digital, experiential marketing and asset valuation/ROI analytics.

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