Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dillon Howard

Autism Light Classic
Updated on June 5, 2015. 

Autism Light #34 is Dillon Howard.

Dillon Howard is 22 and from Searcy, Arkansas. His brother Ben has autism. Dillon Howard was born on July 1, 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dillon signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians that included a $1.85 million signing bonus after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. Dillon Howard is an Autism Light for his generosity to an autism charity in honor of his brother Ben who has autism.  

High School: In his last year of high school baseball in Searcy, Arkansas he posted a 9-1 record with a 0.31 ERA.

Cleveland Indians: The Cleveland Indians Minor League Magazine did a Focus on the Future feature on Dillon Howard's signing on August 30, 2011. Below is the YouTube video of the feature on Dillon Howard.

In honor of his brother Ben who has autism, Dillon gave a portion of his signing bonus to an autism charity in the area.  He selected the Milestones Autism Organization in Beachwood, Ohio near Cleveland to receive his generous donation. The organization lists their mission on their website as "to promote life-long strategies of success for individuals with autism, from childhood through adulthood."

For more information on Dillon Howard's journey with autism in his family and his donation read articles which were written by Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal and by Zack Meisel of has a statistics page for him of his minor league record. In April, 2014, Dillon Howard decided to leave professional baseball (Arkansas Online, April 15, 2014).

Special thanks to Dillon Howard for being an Autism Light. We wish you all the best in life and as an autism brother to Ben.

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