Paul Rudd has been having an amazing year on screen as the superhero Ant-Man but his superhero persona does not end when he walks off set. Rudd hosted the seventh annual Paul Rudd All-Star Bowling Benefit last night at Lucky Strike on 42nd Street & 12th Avenue.
The event raises crucial funds that help send young people who stutter to Camp SAY. Last year’s event raised over $200,000, helping children from families–in-need benefit from this life-changing camp experience. More than 70 million people stutter, including 5% of all young children, and approximately 1 in every 100 adults.
Paul Rudd said “The impact I’ve seen Camp SAY have on the kids is profound. There’s just nothing better than seeing kids who feel self-conscious, sad or frustrated – to see that go away and to see the confidence, excitement and happiness that happens when a kid goes to Camp SAY.”
Rudd added, “No I don’t I mean I like bowling but I never do it outside of charity events I enjoy it when I do it but I never do it it’s like I feel that way about hiking yeah but I was in a play I’ve played a character that stuttered and I didn’t know anybody that stuttered and in my research I kind of found Tarot and that’s how I found this organization and playing somebody that suffered from the Affliction who made me Nu-Way made me think of it in a completely new way meeting kids that suffer from this in real life my heart went out to them and and I was so blown away by their stories and their courage that I have been involved since”
Taro Alexander, SAY Founder, added “This Paul Rudd event help kids and teens understand that stuttering shouldn’t hold them back from anything they dream of doing.”
The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY.org) is a non-profit organization that offers innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impact of stuttering, including: Camp SAY; Confident Voices after-school & weekend programs; Speech Therapy, and support groups.
Listen to the full interview from last nights event on the audio track below.