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This author Melanie Smith has created 44 entries.

17 Jul

Are you ready for some…Golf?

Save this date – Monday, November 5, to join us at the 9th Annual Swing for Autism Golf Tournament at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. For the third year in a row, Spirit League is co-hosting this extraordinary event with golfing, gifts, lots of food and drink and an incredible silent auction. Event proceeds go directly to benefit youth with autism at Spirit League and New Vista School. Go to SwingforAutism.org for more information and to register. ...

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 Jul

Safe Sport Act Prompts Changes for Youth Sports Leagues

The recently passed Safe Sport Act mandates a new standard of care for all organizations and individuals involved in youth sports; regardless of the size of the organization. To ensure compliance with this Act, Spirit League is currently updating their volunteer approval and training process to include a multi-level approach. For volunteers 18 years and older, changes will include: Abuse prevention training, Mandatory reporting training, and Background checks. The Spirit League Board is also reviewing new polices including a Volunteer Background Check Policy and Abuse...

14 May

Mark Your Calendars

Big things are happening at Spirit League in the coming weeks. Make sure save the following dates: June 3: Team Spirit Running at Rock’n’Roll Marahon June 3: Spirit League at 15th Annual TACA Picnic, Oak Canyon June 16: Last Day of Baseball with Trophy Ceremony June 1: Online Registration for 2018 Soccer Season Begins (ends July 9) September 8: Opening Day for 2018 Soccer Season ...

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 May

Lunch for 400 people? No Problem.

Making lunch for 40 people would be a big deal but lunch for 400…that’s amazing! That’ what Loius Mosconi and his group of volunteers did last Saturday for Spirit League athletes and guests. For the 2nd year in a row, Louis, Tracy , Tiann, plus their friends from the JSerra Rugby Team volunteered to prepare and serve lunch at the Baseball Hit-a-thon. As the biggest day of the year for the League, their extraordinary gift was not only served with...

14 May

Did You Hear the Cheers?

The athletes were a “hit”, the food was delicious, and the crowd…well, they were wild with excitement. The 3rd Annual Baseball Hit-a-thon and Pack the Bleachers Event last Saturday was full of fun and family. Each athlete stayed at bat until they hit 10 fair balls; all while being cheered on by the crowd of spirited fans. As part of the Hit-a-thon, families and guests raised funds for the Spirit League non-profit and wow, you were so generous! Your donations –...

14 May

Do You Like to Run?

For the 3rd year “running”, friends of Spirit League can join Team Spirit at the Rock’nRoll Marathon San Diego. Lead by Spirit League parents Martha and Rodolfo Soto (Eric and Esteban’s parents), Team Spirit will run the marathon and half; all while raising support for Spirit League and awareness for young athletes with autism and other developmental disabilities. Whether you are new to running or a pro, we would love for you to join our team. Multiple events are scheduled over the weekend including: – 5...