White Sox Jose Abreu goes to bat for Autism research

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CHICAGO – Jose Abreu has been in a bit of a slump lately, but off the field he’s maintained his superstar status.

The White Sox All-Star first baseman is continuing to provide physical and financial support for children with autism through his philanthropic startup  Abreu’s Amigos.

Jose Abreu visits Easter Seals

Jose Abreu with Manuel in the gym at the Easter Seals School and Center for Autism Research

“It truly is an opportunity we get once in a lifetime, to share and to learn,” remarked Abreu. “I put myself in the place of those parents of these kids here. If I were ever faced with this situation, I’d face it with just as much love and just as much dedication.”

The Easter Seals School and Center for Autism Research is home to Abreu’s Amigos.

The 29-year-old Cuban phenom toured the facilities today at 1939 W. 13th in Chicago and even participated in one of their art projects, much to the delight of the students.

But Abreu says it’s just as special for him.

“It’s really emotional seeing them with their smiles, seeing how big their smiles are given any challenges they may face,” Abreu noted. “It’s difficult for me just seeing how they overcome those challenges and still smile and still be emotional.”

It’s also difficult because Abreu only gets to see his own son through FaceTime while he’s stuck in Cuba.

"With things going difficult on the field, I talk to him everyday. He helps me. Talking to him and seeing him everyday helps me a lot. Things are improving between Cuba and the U.S. The situation and process of hopefully getting him here very soon is moving forward. I don't know a date. I can't give a date, but God willing, he'll be here soon."