Tips & Kudos

19 Apr

All Hands on Deck

What does a leading customer-relationship management firm, 135 jerseys and 160 MLB caps have in common? Spirit League baseball! Earlier this month, a crew of six from Salesforce in Irvine got together with Spirit League staff, Lexie and Melanie, at Mission Viejo City Hall to inventory, sort, organize and pair baseball jerseys and caps for our athletes. The task was done in record time. Thanks, Salesforce, for supporting the Spirit League Program. ...

05 Mar

Spirit League in the News

Community support of athletes with autism & developmental disabilities is crucial to the Spirit League program. Your support has helped the League provide team sports for special needs athletes for the last 15 years and you deserve special recognition. Take a look at this awesome article on the League with recognition our regular supporter, Captain’s Auction Warehouse, published in RePlay Magazine. Thanks, Captain’s Auction Warehouse, for making a difference! https://www.spiritleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GivingBack_CaptainsAndSpiritLeague-Replay-article-March-2019.pdf ...

29 Jan

You Made an Impact!

As a non-profit, the Spirit League Program depends on the generous donations of families, foundations and local businesses. In 2018, we were humbled by the generosity of so many of our League families who donated each season (nearly 40% of families donated last year). A sincere thank you to the following foundations and businesses for their support of athletes with intellectual disabilities in 2018. Autism SpeaksMcBeth FoundationCaptain’s Auction WarehouseMitsubishi Electric Foundation and Dream CommitteeUeberroth Family FoundationSullivan Family You made an impact!...

29 Jan

A Note from the Doctor

Does your athlete get tired at games? Are you looking for ways to help them feel prepared and ready to play? If so, you’re not alone. Did you know that by doing a few key things in advance of game arrival, your athlete may feel better during the game? Dr. Karen Everson, Spirit League mom and Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon, offers the following valuable advice on how to prepare for game time, avoid injuries, and feel better. Tip #1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! (before, during, after!) Improved...

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...

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...

14 May

Let’s Celebrate

As a non-profit organization, Spirit League relies on support from the community. We want to celebrate the following three organizations for their continued support this Spring: Autism Speaks and the Ueberroth Family Foundation each recently granted $5,000 to support the Spirit League Program. Captain’s Auction Warehouse raised funds for the League at their live April auction donating over $1,100 in April alone. Can you believe they will do it again at their next auction of arcade games/pinball machines on June 8 and...

14 Jan

Tips – Running and Kicking Skills

John Stout, Spirit League Board Member and Athletic Committee Member, is an Adapted P.E. Specialist with a local school district. He has provided the following tips for parents and volunteers who want to help kids and young adults with special needs practice their running and kicking skills. Pre-Run/Practice Tips (1 minute) Have runners put their hands on their stomachs and take in a series of full deep breaths through their noses. Have them feel their stomach expand as they breathe in and contract...