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This author Melanie Smith has created 44 entries.

17 Jan

Swing for Autism Update

With 124 golfers, 85 auction items, 140 Habit Burgers, 200 guests for dinner (thanks @culinarykidcatering) and over $100,000 raised for students/athletes with autism at New Vista School and Spirit League, the 10th Annual Swing for Autism was a tremendous success. Thank you, sponsors, for your generous support for youth with autism. It will change lives. Mark November 2 on your calendar for the 2020 event. ...

16 Jan

Meet Mike: Dad, Coach & President

Ever wonder who leads our non-profit organization? Meet Mike Jarpe – Spirit League Coach, dad to athlete Zach, and our new President of the Board of Directors. Mike shares how he started with Spirit League and where the Program is headed in the years ahead. How did you get involved with Spirit League? “We learned about Spirit League from a friend of the family whose son was an athlete. We started out with baseball, then soccer and basketball.”  What is your favorite sport...

16 Jan

What a Year!

2019 was a big year for Spirit League (sports league for special needs athletes). Here are a few highlights: Celebrated 15-year Anniversary with largest basketball and soccer seasons ever Completed successful Pilot Adult Basketball League for special needs athletes 18 years and older in City of Mission Viejo Granted nearly $9,000 in athlete scholarships Appreciated nearly 80 coaches and 75 Team Mentors who volunteered on gamedays plus launched an Online Team Mentor Training Program Hired 3 additional Game Day Assistants Reached Bronze Level Seal of Transparency...

16 Jan

Show Your Spirit at Oso Fit 5K Fun Run

Ready to walk, hop, skip or simply run? All Spirit League athletes are asked to show their “Spirit” by wearing their jersey as we walk together in the Oso Fit 5K Fun Run on Saturday, February 29. When registering, select Spirit League in the drop-down box and 100% of the registration fee will be donated back to the League (thanks Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce). Click here for more info and to register. ...

16 Jan

Basketball Opening Weekend

You would have thought our athletes had been playing basketball together for weeks and not just one day! Coaches led their teams through drills then moved straight into games where our athletes shined. The cheers from the crowd were contagious! Can’t wait to see what happens next. ...

16 Jan

Captain’s Auction Warehouse Hosts Spirit League

Long-time League supporter, Captain’s Auction Warehouse, hosted Spirit League athlete, Austin, and his mom, Jamila, at their December auction in Anaheim  Not only do they raise funds to help pay for rental of our sports fields but they share the League’s mission with their auction attendees each month. Thanks to the Captain and his wife, Tiffany, for their dedication to athletes with special needs. They make a lasting and measurable difference. Check out their auction this weekend. Learn...

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,...

02 May

Hit-a-thon Is Here

Celebrate your athlete at the upcoming 4th Annual Hit-a-thon on May 25. It’s going to be an amazing day! Our goal is to raise $10,000 and we are grateful for your support. Sponsors for athlete can donate online at https://spiritleague.networkforgood.com/ or through you (checks made to Spirit League). To track in-person donations, use the Sponsor Tracking Sheet here. Can’t wait to celebrate with you! ...

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. ...