Stories

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...

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! ...

17 Jul

Meet “Free Throw Davey”

Meet Davey – A 12-year old Spirit League veteran who has a special talent when it comes to basketball. We thought you might want to know more about this superstar who plays all three League sports. Spirit League: What is your favorite Spirit League sport? Davey: My favorite Spirit League sport is basketball. It’s fast and I like to practice a lot. I love making 3 point shots. Spirit League: What’s it like having your dad as your team coach? Davey:  It’s great having...

17 Jan

We’ve Got Spirit-Coach Gabbie’s Story

We’ve Got Spirit By Gabbie Garcia, Spirit League Coach and Mom  Prologue In 2012 my son Cole was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two.  At the time, the CDC reported that 1 in 68 children was given an Autism diagnosis, today these numbers continue to rise. Having a heavy heart and a love for sports, I penned the following in 2014 when Cole was four. I did so for my own healing and too, for parents like me who were hurting, in...

14 Jan

Basketball – One Week at a Time

For many children in our program, Spirit League is their first experience with team sports. Bryan is one of those children. Bryan started his first day of basketball afraid to walk onto the court; hiding on the sidelines. The former Spirit League Athletic Director and a Spirit League Board Member sat on the floor with him, offering encouraging words. While it took nearly 30 minutes on the sidelines, Bryan eventually joined his Team on the court; passing the ball to...

14 Jan

Overwhelmed… in a Good Way

Athletes Sam and Jake with their parents, Coach Sam and Katie. Our athletes with special needs gain so much when they participate as part of a team. Take Sam and Jake for example. These brothers, ages 9 and 6 years, play in Division 3, our youngest age division. On their first day with Spirit League, their mom Katie stood crying on the sidelines while watching them play soccer. When asked if she was alright, she responded saying that she couldn’t believe...

13 Jan

Benefit from Spirit League Noticed Beyond the Game

Esteban enjoying a treat after a great soccer season. Sure, Spirit League is a fun Saturday activity for our athletes. But did you know that benefits from the Spirit League experience can, and does, reach into everyday life? Take Esteban Soto for example. Following in the footsteps of his big brother Eric, Esteban started baseball in 2015 as a tentative and overwhelmed player. He wanted to play badly but struggled with some of the physical and social skills needed to play a...