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This author Melanie Smith has created 48 entries.

29 Jan

5K Fun Run? Let’s Do It!

This is a first for Spirit League! We’re going to run for fun in the Oso Fit Fun Run 5K on Saturday, February 23 in Mission Viejo (right by our soccer/baseball fields). All families are invited to join us for a morning of walking together; sharing the mission of Spirit League with the many participants. Plus, enjoy the Community Fair after the 5K. Register at Osofit5k.org and select Spirit League from the non-profit drop-down box. The City will donate the entire registration fee back...

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

2019…It’s Going to be Good

Spirit League is overseen by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to make Spirit League the best it can be. As we enter 2019, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to three Directors who retired in December after dedicating their time and spirit to the League for many years. Melissa Cory, Occupational Therapist and Spirit League mom, led the Board and Program for 10 years; guiding Spirit League to where it is today. We rejoice with her in her well-earned retirement and...

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...

29 Jan

See Young Frankenstein for Free

Sponsored by the Family Autism Network, one adult with autism with one caregiver can attend the 2:00 pm performance of Young Frankenstein at Northwood High School in Irvine on Saturday, February 16 for free. The right mezzanine has been reserved for their sponsored attendees and family members.  To learn more and to register, go to http://faninfo.org/community-socials/ (terms and conditions apply). ...

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. ...