Deadline is Friday for ‘Rally for Autism’ design contest

The “Rally for Autism”, a walk, run and bike ride event that is the major fund raiser for three Huntington/Tri-State area agencies that work with people on the Autism Spectrum—Autism Society River Cities, the Autism Services Center and the West Virginia  Autism Training Center housed in Old Main—will take place April 25 in Huntington

Now for the first time an opportunity to let imaginations soar by designing the official  rally t-shirt is being offered through a design contest.  Entrants can use choose from colors that include red, yellow, blue, white and black.  According to contest rules, one of these colors will be the t-shirt color of the artist’s choice while the other colors will be printed.  The rally puzzle logo may be incorporated into the design, but it is not required.

Entries must be received or postmarked on or before Jan. 9.  Judging will take place Jan. 16.  Since this is a double-blind contest, judges won’t see the names of the artists until a winner has been selected and the names of the judges won’t be revealed until the competition is completed.

“We have always had a different design on the participant shirts each year, but this is the first time we are holding a competition to pick the design,”  said Beth Tappan, accountant in the WV Autism Training Center. “We look forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas people come up with at the judging on Jan. 16.”

The winning artist will receive a framed certificate and his or design will be used on the participant and volunteer shirts as well as in related media promotions.  The artist will also be highlighted on social media and introduced at the rally if he/she is available to attend.

To enter, complete the form at and send it to Rally Shirt Design Contest, WV Autism Training Center,  Old Main 316.  For further information contact Lisa at