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This author Melanie Smith has created 38 entries.

07 Oct

Soccer, Academics & Executive Functioning. They’re Connected?

By Dr. Claire Camaya Yet another benefit of Spirit League…a connection to academics and executive functioning. Dr. Claire Camaya, Spirit League Board Member and Director of Doors Educational Center, sheds light on how children and teens with special needs benefit from physical activity more than we may think. It is common knowledge that exercise is beneficial, it’s positive effects on physical and mental well-being widely studied. This is also the case for children with special needs, and it can be argued that, for them, exercise is even more important. Unfortunately,...

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. ...

19 Apr

Athletes in their Groove

We are heading into week #3 of the 10-week season and our athletes are full-steam ahead. In fact, they are getting in their groove early on and playing some great games with even better teamwork. Check out photos from the first two weeks here. ...

19 Apr

Meet Fahad

Volunteers are the face of Spirit League. They lend their time, talent, support and voice to the League every week. Meet Fahad; he is a UCI student who coordinates an incredible team of Team Mentors for all three Spirit League seasons. Fahad not only volunteers as a Lead Team Mentor but will step in to coach a team anytime. He demonstrates the spirit of Spirit League in every way. Enjoy this interview. Spirit League: How long have you volunteered with Spirit League? Fahad:  I started volunteering last...

19 Apr

It’s Going to be Big!

10 fair balls – every athlete – every game. That’s what each athlete will experience at the upcoming 4th Annual Hit-a-thon on May 11 at Oso Fields. Spirit League hopes to raise $10,000 for equipment, scholarships and other expenses as the crowd cheers when each athlete takes the plate and stays at bat until they hit 10 fair balls. Thank you for sharing your athlete’s story with friends and family then invite them to join us for this big day. Lunch will be served for all...

19 Apr

100 Games of Basketball

What a season! With 10 games of basketball played each weekend, Spirit League athletes played 100 games over the 10-week season. That’s amazing! With some great coaching and training, they improved their fundamentals of the game and demonstrated great teamwork. We are so proud. Check out these photos of the 2019 Basketball Season from Facebook here. ...

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

Biggest Weekend of the Season!

Don’t miss this weekend – the biggest weekend of the basketball season! On February 2 and 3, let’s pack the bleachers with friends and family to cheer on our athletes. Don’t forget to bring a sign to wave with your athlete’s name. Check your season calendar for team reporting times for pictures before their game.  (Season calendar also cound on spiritleague.org) ...