A Thank You From Our Autism Ohana – Zoot Sports

A Thank You From Our Autism Ohana

     Zoot Sports, The Original Triathlon Brand, is pleased to announce a $6,500 donation to Bittersweet Farms through its proceeds from their limited Autism Ohana triathlon apparel collection launched last year.

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     The Autism Ohana collection started as an idea and morphed into a movement. This collection was driven by Julie and Shawn Bockey, members of Zoot’s ambassador tri team, who are parents to two Autistic sons, Christian and Jake.  The Bockey’s love for triathlon started when Julie discovered the sport and encouraged the rest of the Bockey family to participate. “It has been amazing. Routine helps quell anxiety, and the routine of triathlon training has made a marked difference in Jake’s control over his compulsions."  

     We teamed with Julie and Shawn Bockey to create a unique collection and help support their passion for triathlon. What started as a one-off custom suit for Julie to wear during her first full-distance Ironman race soon became inspiration for a complete collection.  We teamed up with partner brand Quintana Roo to gift Julie a new custom painted PR 6 along with a donation in the name of the Bockey family to an Autism organization of their choosing. Bittersweet Farms was at the top of their list.

quintana roo autism triathlon bike

     With the help of Bittersweet Farms, the Bockey's found a place where her sons found acceptance and meaning in their day-to-day lives.

     Bittersweet Farms is a farmstead focused on providing residential, vocational, transitional, and recreational services for people and their families living with Autism. With three locations in Ohio, they have been providing vocational services for adults with autism since 1983.

     Zoot believes triathlon is an “everybody” sport.  The Autism Ohana collection aims to bring awareness to the autistic community through the eyes of triathletes of all levels achieving their goals.

Julie Bockey

"The Autism OHANA collection was born in September 2019 during a trip I took to Zoot headquarters.  The word Autism embodies many different meanings to many people, but OHANA means FAMILY.  The collection was created to bring that feeling of family through awareness and acceptance to the sport of triathlon.  I can’t think of a more deserving organization to be gifted this donation.
Bittersweet Farms exemplifies what OHANA means to the individuals, families and community they serve." - Julie Bockey

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