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Posted January 15, 2018

Alex Bregman Donates iPads to Help APS Students with Autism

Petroglyph Elementary School is the first recipient of a new foundation created by the third baseman for the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, his godson Brady and representatives of Petroglphy ES and Holman's USA

Albuquerque native Alex Bregman, the third baseman for the World Series champion Houston Astros, can't help but smile when he's around his godson, 5-year-old Brady Columbus, son of hitting coach Jason Columbus and a pre-schooler at Albuquerque Public Schools Petroglyph Elementary School.

Bregman  FaceTimes with the energetic towhead almost every day during the season, and has even depended on the child's happy demeanor to help him out of hitting slumps. 

It only seemed natural for Bregman to want to help children like Brady, who has autism, so he and Columbus have created a non-profit foundation called AB for AUDS to raise awareness and money.

On Monday, Jan. 15, Albuquerque Public Schools became the first recipient of the AB for AUDS when Bregman donated several iPads to Petroglyph's autism program.

Teachers rave about the effectiveness of using iPads to help teach children with autism, saying the technology improves communication, motor and cognitive skills.

Bregman's donation was made in partnership with Holman’s USA, a longtime supporter of APS autism-specific classrooms, as well as the APS Education Foundation.

In addition to donating iPads, Bregman and the Holmans Foundation for Autism are planning to host an APS student with autism and his/her family at a Houston Astros baseball series this summer with the hopes of providing a once in a lifetime experience.

Bregman said he plans to hold baseball clinics, dinners and other fundraisers in Albuquerque, Houston and Chicago to raise money and awareness for autism as well as Down Syndrome. 

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