The on-line auction at www.steinersports.com, which also includes Don Larsen’s Perfect Game uniform and Bob Knight’s NCAA championship rings, continues through December 5.
Carter’s widow Sandy had donated the sleek, black bike to the Autism Project of Palm Beach County (APPBC), which will receive all the proceeds.
The charity’s mission is to raise money to support two specialized charter schools in Palm Beach County. C.J., the Carters’ grandson, attends Renaissance Learning Center, one of the charter schools. (RLC) serves children who are on the Autism Spectrum ages 3 to 14 years old. Twelve years ago RLC had only five students enrolled, today enrollment has grown to 102 with a waiting list.
The 2004 V-Rod “100th Anniversary”
The bike was a gift to Carter from the New York Mets organization upon his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
For photographs of the 100 Anniversary VRod by Harley Davidson, visit http://www.hogs4sale.com/
About the Autism Project of Palm Beach County: The not-for -profit organization is staffed by 100 percent volunteers, local families who have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is no payroll. Along with the Renaissance Learning Center, a second charter school, the Renaissance Learning Academy, serves students ages 14 to 23. They currently have 75 students enrolled. There is no tuition charge to the families. The funding they receive from the State of Florida covers about 85% of the cost of operating the schools because they provide more services than a typical public school. Therefore, both schools and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County raise private funds to make up the short fall. The APPBC also is raising funds and partnering with Ernie Els to build an Autism Center of Excellence. The Center will house both the RLC and the RLA and accommodate 300 students. In addition it will provide adult services for individuals who have an ASP. There is no place in the State of Florida that provides this service in a centralized location. The Center will also have a United States and a global reach, connecting to schools around the world.