BOSTON (Sept. 29, 2011) - The Northeastern women's basketball team continued with its philanthropic endeavors on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the 10th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Mass.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder and Walk Now for Autism Speaks is an event held to raise funds for Autism research. The event consists of a one-mile walk around the track at Suffolk Downs.

Members of the team served as volunteers for the event and were responsible for handing out bottled water to participants in the walk.

The Huskies chose to participate in this event because of a personal connection. Student assistant coach Kristina Coppolino has two cousins, Tommy (14 years old) and Danny (10 years old) that are autistic.

Northeastern begins the 2010-11 season on Friday, Nov. 12 with a non-conference game at Syracuse. Head coach Daynia La-Force Mann returns nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-18 and 7-11 in the CAA.