Flutie Fellows are young adults with autism who have been invited to work with the Flutie Foundation in support of the following objectives:

  1. Pursue career opportunities and related life goals.
  2. Promote respect, inclusion, and opportunities for all people with autism.
  3. Serve as ambassadors for Flutie Foundation.

The Flutie Foundation provides compensation to the Flutie Fellow for a minimum of one year (or on a project basis), and works with the Fellow and his/her family/network to make connections and build relationships in chosen industries/communities.


KYLE GROSSMAN

Kyle Grossman was born premature, resulting in very poor vision and little muscle development; he’d learn to walk at four years old. Neil and Dori Grossman, Kyle’s parents, were determined to give him as normal a childhood as possible. In high school, Kyle joined the high school cross country team despite his unorthodox form and inability to run in a straight line. Every race he was able to finish was a miracle to his parents and served as inspiration to those around him.

After continued improvement throughout high school, Kyle became one of the most dedicated members of his local running club upon graduation.

“Kyle wakes up running, eats running and goes to sleep running,” said his father.

Now 25, Kyle has run two sub 4:00:00 marathons and in 2018 he completed his life-long goal of running the Boston Marathon as member of Dougie’s Team. As a Flutie Fellow, Kyle continues to raise awareness for the Flutie Foundation by competing in races in his hometown of Frescno, CA. Kyle is running to give back to others with autism who may not be as fortunate, and hopes to inspire people with his passion for the sport.

Check out this most recent video of Kyle training >>  


ANDREW ROBERTS

Andrew Roberts was diagnosed with autism when with PDD/NOS when he was 2 and his parents were told he may never speak.  But thanks to his early diagnosis and intensive home ABA services he was able to make significant progress in a very short time and was able to enter public school with supports at age 3. Capitalizing on his love of letters and numbers Andrew's parents gave him some baseball cards and he soon began learning all of the players numbers. This evolved into a love of the game and learning the Red Sox starting lineup. In 2009 at the age of 5 he got to read the lineup on TV for NESN as a junior announcer as well as say “Play Ball” at the beginning of a Sox game.

His fandom has grown over the years and after checking out a book at the library called "how to start a blog" he started his own sports blog BostonSportsMania 5 years ago. His research has been featured on 98.5 The Sports Hub.  This past Summer Andrew interned at the Boston Herald and attended Sports Announcer camp for a 5th consecutive year. 

Today as a Flutie Fellow, Andrew continues to work towards his goal of becoming a professional sports broadcaster. He recently covered the Special Olympics Games in Seattle and was invited to be a member of the press at the New England Patriots Training Camp.  Andrew has served the Emcee for the Flutie 5k for the last two consecutive years. 

Watch Andrew interview Doug Flutie at our most recent Night to Shine Gala>>