This author Julie Damon has created 13 entries.

09 Sep

Making it Happen

As a non-profit, we are dependent on the financial support of our community. In 2022, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many organizations who make the Spirit League program possible  including: Ueberroth Family Foundation, McBeth Foundation, City of Mission Viejo, City of Laguna Niguel, Autism Speaks, Clonrock Foundation, Elks Lodge #2444, Mindsight Therapies, Bonnie Loves Travel, City of Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce, Buchanan Children’s Fund, and many parents who give at registration   ...

09 Sep

Big Plans in Store

In July, the League’s Board of Directors with a handful of parents/coaches met for a two-day retreat to develop a Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to develop one, two and three-year goals for the League addressing our vision, potential barriers to growth, and moving forward with a purpose. Assisted by non-profit consultants, the Board adopted three strategic directions including Leveraging our Resources to Grow, Strengthening our Internal Infrastructure, and Maximizing our Program Impact. From there, 90-Day Implementation...

23 Aug

Captain’s Auction Warehouse Adopts Spirit League

Since 1999, Captain’s Auction Warehouse has been a full service auction company conducting live and live online auctions that have catered to the coin operated amusement and entertainment industry. The owner of Captain’s Auction Warehouse is related to the Barrios Family (dad Sam is a veteran coach, mom Katie ran in the marathon and athletes Sam and Jake are amazing young athletes). You will recognize the pirate logo on a banner at our upcoming soccer season. Captain Auction’s Warehouse adopted Spirit League...

23 Aug

TACA Picnic Tons of Fun

Spirit League received a tremendous response at the June 4 Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Picnic. Board Members Melissa Cory, Sam Lau and Andy Vander Dussen with Staff Member David Ubl were excited to meet new families, as well as visit with current League families in attendance. We are happy to welcome several new soccer athletes who we met at the TACA Picnic! We’ll see you on September 9. ...

23 Aug

Save the Date for Swing for Autism Golf Tournament

Join us for the 8th Annual Swing for Autism Golf Tournament and Celebration befitting Spirit League and New Vista School. The Event will be held at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club on Monday, November 6. In addition to an incredible day of golf, the day will include a helicopter golf ball drop, course contests, silent auction, and a delicious dinner. Come join us as a sponsor, golfer or volunteer for this amazing day! Go to 

20 Apr

1st Annual Spirit Bowl

The First Annual Spirit Bowl was incredible! Spirit League athletes, coaches, mentors and families took over Irvine Lanes on the afternoon of March 25 for a fun time of bowling, eating and laughing together. Not only are our athletes amazing at basketball, baseball and soccer, but they’re pretty good at bowling, too. As Spirit League’s inaugural bowling event, it was wonderful for League families to enjoy the company of other League families in a safe environment where the athletes could visit their friends...

18 Mar

Pacific Life Gives Record Breaking Donation to League

In February, Spirit League received the largest donation in our 13 year history. Spirit League parent Jennifer Puebla (mom to Jake) is employed at Pacific Life. Jennifer nominated Spirit League to be the recipient of their annual fundraising campaign. Lead by Pacific Life’s Nadine Levin and her extraordinary team of volunteers, the company donated a record-breaking $63,000 to Spirit League in February ($31,510 raised by the Life Insurance Division which was then matched by the Pacific Life Foundation). We are humbled by...

18 Mar

Pack the Bleachers Day 2017

February 4th and 5th were incredible at Spirit League basketball. The bleachers were filled with friends and family holding signs and pom poms while cheering on our amazing athletes. This extra encouragement helped the athletes enjoy their game even more. We are so proud of our athletes with special needs for playing team sports, learning how to work together as a team and making new friends. Go Spirit League. #spiritleague #soliloquy-container-913{opacity:1} ...

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...

14 Jan

Basketball – One Week at a Time

For many children in our program, Spirit League is their first experience with team sports. Bryan is one of those children. Bryan started his first day of basketball afraid to walk onto the court; hiding on the sidelines. The former Spirit League Athletic Director and a Spirit League Board Member sat on the floor with him, offering encouraging words. While it took nearly 30 minutes on the sidelines, Bryan eventually joined his Team on the court; passing the ball to...