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This author Melanie Smith has created 23 entries.

03 Oct

Meet Awesome Austin

eye. We all know someone who has that little extra sparkle in their eye. Spirit League athlete Austin is one of those people. Not only does he have a beaming smile for everyone but he is happy to sit and chat about life; sharing his joy with others around him. We thought you might want to meet Austin as he shares what it’s like to play in Spirit League. How long have you played with Spirit League? I have been playing in...

03 Oct

Support Close to Home

What do Autism Speaks, Captain’s Auction Warehouse, McBeth Foundation, Mitsubishi U.S. and the Ueberroth Foundation have in common? They all recognize the need for a team sports program for children and teens with special needs and have supported Spirit League in 2018. Let’s face it. It is expensive to raise a child; let alone a child with special needs who may need extra support. Spirit League recognizes this concern and has worked hard to keep registration fees from rising; despite the...

03 Oct

Dancing for Spirit

Sure, Spirit League is about team sports. But you should have seen what long-time Team Mentor Amirta did for Spirit League in August! After many years of dedicated study, she performed a Classical Indian Dance Recital in front of hundreds of friends and family. Instead of flowers or gifts, this amazing dancer asked for donations to Spirit League. As big sister to League athlete Arvind, Amirta has shown the true “Spirit” of generosity, support and love for our athletes. In...

03 Oct

Let’s Pack Out the Fields

The Soccer 2018 Pack the Fields Day is less than two weeks away on October 13. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, teachers and whoever will cheer loudly for your athlete as we wave team and athlete signs of encouragement. Emails will be sent to all athlete families next week with reporting times to allow for individual and team photos before games. ...

03 Oct

Hoops are Coming!

Online registration for Spirit League’s most popular sport, basketball, starts November 1 and ends November 30 with games starting in January. Scholarship applications will be accepted during the registration period. Don’t wait to sign up. Last basketball season, there was waiting list with 30 athletes. Don’t miss out. Go to spiritleague.org starting November 1 and join us for basketball. ...

03 Oct

Only One Month to Go

Come see what all the fun is about. Join us on November 5 for the 9th Annual Swing for Autism Golf Tournament, our biggest fundraiser of the year, at the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. It promises to be another incredible event featuring the exclusive North Course, Bloody Mary/Mimosa Bar with breakfast, lunch on the course, the helicopter golf ball drop then dinner and silent auction. Event proceeds go directly to benefit youth with autism at Spirit League...

19 Jul

Did You See Him?

Take a look at Spirit League Coach Rodolfo and his team running the marathon in San Diego last month – all for Spirit League and autism awareness. For the third year “running”, the amazing Soto Family (Rodolfo, Martha, Alex and athletes Eric and Esteban) hosted a team at the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon with other League families and supporters. Way to go Soto Family and Team and thank you! ...

18 Jul

A Note from the Doctor

Let’s face it. Playing soccer in the fall can be hot! While parents are always on the sidelines during the season, it can be a challenge to monitor young athletes who may struggle with communication for signs of heat stroke or exhaustion. How can you prepare your athlete for the season? Spirit League would like to introduce you to Dr. Ashika Sharma, a board-certified pediatrician who knows her way around sports medicine and children with special needs. We asked Dr. Sharma...

17 Jul

Bye Bye Baseball

The 2018 Baseball Season was a “season of firsts.” Our athletes broke enrollment records, played for the first time at Marina Hills Park and exceeded their fundraising goal at the 3rd Annual Hit-a-thon. What a season! Check out these amazing pictures from the season. ...

17 Jul

Are you ready for some…Golf?

Save this date – Monday, November 5, to join us at the 9th Annual Swing for Autism Golf Tournament at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. For the third year in a row, Spirit League is co-hosting this extraordinary event with golfing, gifts, lots of food and drink and an incredible silent auction. Event proceeds go directly to benefit youth with autism at Spirit League and New Vista School. Go to SwingforAutism.org for more information and to register. ...