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TEARS of~JOY~!! “Caught in the Rain”

It’s OFFICIAL! The newly formed Autism Youth Sports League has hit the ground running Literally! At Thursday’s 1st practice we ended it running… from an awesome summer thundershower/ downpour! I have come to the BELIEF that GOD was crying tears of JOY!! Joy that our special players finally have a LEAGUE TO CALL THEIR OWN!!

Their own “Home~Base”…A~League! A place where they can be themselves and play BALL! With NO-ONE to question it. No explanations needed. Because we are ALL on THE SAME TEAM! Team Autism!

The players and families on “Our Team” are amazing people to say the least! No Derision, No Pressures! Just plenty of ENCOURAGEMENT, Understanding and Instruction. Fun on ALL~LEVELS! Today Sat. July 17th 2010 will be long remembered! Lora Mancini had a dream of this “Baby” … The idea of ~Youth Sports for kids with Autism.

WWAAaaaaaa!~((SLAP))!! Today It was born.With a GREAT…”APGAR” Score! A little glitch will occur here and there for the 1st few weeks- but, that is to be expected. We will undoubtedly be busy ironing all of those wrinkles out as we gain our footing.With MUCH MORE than capable President Manual Zapata as coach, teacher/father. I can’t be happier or PROUDER to have a hand in helping to “rear this child.” The incredible turn-out of families says it all! We are on the right path. The RIGHT HWY. The highway to not “wasting our time on the ground!” Our time on this planet! Focus on the powerfully POSITIVE! So many things in life are trivial and menial…The important things are LIFE~ AFFIRMING and you can feel it! Such is the case with A.Y.S.L. The Power here is PHENOMENAL ! Other worldly~ Divine. You CAN feel it!!

Am I over the TOP?? Perhaps, you may think so. However, parents, family, friends and ALL attending today understand where I am coming from. It is ‘in the air there‘ and you can just FEEL IT!! Sports has that POWER! Always has and ALWAYS will. Men know about it and the ‘smarter’ females too!! hehe (don’t be mad all you non-sports chicks!) Adding this dynamic with the almighty Autism is a delicate balance. A chemistry you play with. I often say Autism is all about “Finding your Formula.” …http://autismhwy.com/blog/?p=47….

The formula that works for your child, for you and for your family as a whole. Finding that delicate balance to help your ASD member to become as Happy and Successful as possible! This new factor we are inserting into that ‘chemistry set’~Organized Sports opens a whole NEW DOOR! A new dimension previously untapped. A DOOR to a world of self worth and self pride. A door NO ONE had been knocking on for them. Lots of players at the ballpark today “opening those doors” and many adults with “tears of joy “watching it happen!! IMAGINE THAT!?

CLICK HERE to Get…”CAUGHT IN THE RAIN!” It Rocks!

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Can’t Be BOUND!!

The “A~League” is set to SOAR! Now that OUR Boundary Quandary has been resolved we will PRESS~ON! Onward and Upward around those bases we will roll. This truly is an uplifting experience. That must move forward. We were running into that sticky proverbial red tape. The boundary rules in Williamsport are very explicit when it comes to boundaries. Unlike others in little league history we were not looking to bring in ringers. Just PLAYERS!! Unfortunately we all live within a 30 mile radius of our fields.

Everyone on the SPECTRUM understands the logistics. It’s a No-Brainer. We are 1/ 100- 150, in some instances as low as 1/70! So to mathematically have enough eligible players to field a league from 1 city is IMPOSSIBLE. In a 3- City District still could be tough. More and more kids are moving to California so who knows someday that could be feasible. However, for Our Summer League purposes and beyond we will write our own AUTISM~ FRIENDLY Rulebook! So we will take control and branch out on our own and SPREAD OUR WINGS!! Afterall OUR KIDS are Angels! In their way they truly are.

So…this AUTISM BASEBALL moves forward w/ President Manny Zapata, Vice President (creator) Lora Mancini, w/ strong support from myself Kelly Green, Matt Parker, Carol Zapata, Megan Spano and more to be named!! We are flying high!! The fun is contagious and it’s bound to spread! With great reason. It is a NEW WAVE! A wave for OUR KIDS to “catch”~for a change! People need to see and think about both sides of the NEURO~DIVERSITY Coin. They would be so much the better for it. All people have to have outlets to create self-pride in order to change and really grow. It is a basic human instinct! So all that being said….

It looks like we have 6 teams!! 2 Rookie, 2 Minor & 2 Major! It is going to be a lot of FUN with the addition of 2 more teams! A brand new Ballpark to call our home and NEW FRIENDS on our Horizon. Summer and Fall League is here. The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times. …We cannot be BOUND…the Parents of ASD individuals know NO ~BOUNDARIES! Everyday can be a snowflake and you do whatever it takes to keep it from melting down. Like everyone else some days are great and some days are not. But, unlike EVERYONE else there aren’t available venues for our kids to do the everyday, take-it-for-granted things. The things “that kids do.” So when we have a chance to do something like this? If that means driving to and from TIMBUKTU WE WILL DO!

CLICK HERE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE!!TIMBUK 3!!

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DAD’S Vacation!!!

What can I say about the Dad’s of the A~LEAGUE?!! Can you say…’HAPPY CAMPERS’?? I can, because frankly we ALL are. But as most know…MEN are the best campers and HAPPIEST when camped out watching SPORTS! Live or otherwise! So many of our father’s had closed the door on a little league experience. After an AUTISM Diagnosis most MEN have a huge transition to make. The transition from great expectations to no expectations. For some men that is frankly JUST TOO MUCH to take. Some may never “get it”, never release those expectations and embrace the “NOW.”

It is a tough pill to swallow admittedly. But, nonetheless the medicine must be taken. in order to move on!! Jon Hope of the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center had asked me in the spring if I would sit on a parent panel.The panel would speak to his staff about …living with AUTISM 24/7! Perfect for me because, these days it seems like that’s all I do!! He also recruited a few other Moms. A-League creator Lora Mancini and another great A-League Mom Nicole Johnson. It was an amazing opportunity. Something struck me as very timely. At the end there was a GREAT QUESTION. A question about what about the MEN …how could we help engage the men in their child’s lives…???

Well you KNOW MY ANSWER………Baseball Baby!! This experience was such a GREAT PRECEDENT! Autistic people deserve this right to a happy healthy way to grow up. To bond with their father’s especially! There is just something so transformative about sports. That on the “same team feel.” We witnessed the power it holds!!

I have never seen such a HAPPIER GROUP OF GUYS!!

Happily trekking out to the ballpark each week not knowing what to expect yet, hoping for the BEST! Well…in MY MIND they got what they were hoping for and MORE!!

HAPPY Father’s Day to the awesome ,supportive~ willing to understand ~A-League Dads!!

See you NEXT SEASON!!

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TEN TRILLION…..

NO Not the NEW DEFICIT!! ~~~”Ten Trillion” THANKS! To soo many. Last blog I started to thank all the Great Teens that helped our players. I just love the way “that looked”…seeing high-schoolers ready willing and able to help. Not having any experience with AUTISM yet, ready to take it on!! Very Brave indeed KUDOS to all of you!! By the end of this season you could see how in tune they became with each player. That is a key thing because this is part of AUTISM…you learn to work around patterns. The patterns of the ASD Individual.

ALL People are “Creatures of Habit.” Where else did that saying come from? We tend to pattern our lives ,our daily routines, it’s human nature. Siblings get that on the job training from birth just like us parents. Only that connection ,can be described as brilliant! Siblings of A.S.D. Individuals are TRULY Home run Derby Kings!

THEY KNOW HOW TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE!!

So thanks so much to the incredible teen-volunteers and the awesome brothers and sisters of OUR A~League Players. You ALL ROCK! I also want to thank ALL of the A~League families for taking that “leap of faith.” Believing in the process being kind to your child and the experience being a good one. ALL in ALL I’d say spot on!!

More thanks to spot-light on …Are the FABULOUS Generous Sponsors that gave for Our Carnival Celebration and Raffle. The kids had a great time and the people that put in their 2 cents were rewarded handsomely!! Our GRAND PRIZE that had the most entries was the Beach-Cruiser Bicycle ….Donated by http://www.helenscycles.com ARCADIA! An amazing woman was lucky enough to win that ! Maybe it was destiny. This gal is the mother to 2 autistic sons!…..Sons that she has ADOPTED! It made my heart smile that she was the winner!! AWESOME! Another grand winner won 4 Tickets for http://www.knottsberryfarm.com Knott’s is a lot of fun. Generally not too crowded(Which can be key!). Wyatt has been a few times and enjoyed himself! That prize went to a mom of a new player for our league! Just what I am wanting …a new female A-Leaguer! My nephew Austin Green won 4 passes for http://www.ragingwaters.com …How much fun is that!?? Austin is a great cousin to Wyatt. He helped ALOT w/ his cousin at the carnival! Thankyou Austin for stepping-up! Our FINALhttp://www.target.com ! Shane and his mom ( Wy’s weighted vest’ creator~& raffle donation!! http://www.snuffleco.com ) won that! Shane was so happy getting his trophy he jumped in the air! Little did he know he’d be winning a bike SOON ENOUGH! I love it!

Here is a list of OUR OTHER AMAZING SPONSORS!!

Trader Joe’s…SAN DIMAS, Frisella’s Roastery…GLENDORA, Numero Uno Pizza…PASADENA, LaVerne-Sierra Madre-Duarte PIZZA CO’s, SAN DIMAS & FREEWAY(W. Covina) Liquor, Little Joe’s FRESH MEX of ARCADIA, The Old Spaghetti Factory…DUARTE, Taco Ready…COVINA, HOUSTON’S Restaraunt …PASADENA, SUBWAY of SAN DIMAS/Via Verde, Undercovers (intimate Apparel) GLENDORA, KAILANI Jewelers…COVINA, Thematic Attic school supplies…COVINA, Candy Connection…COVINA, Glessners Pharmacy…COVINA, Bright Plaza Home Medical Equipment…WHITTIER, Phillips Ranch Pharmacy…PHILLIPS RANCH, Rosemary Johnson’s O.T. in MONROVIA, Covina CYCLERY…COVINA, Bicycle CENTRAL…GLENDORA, Perfect Tyme CLOCKS …GLENDORA Johnny’s POOL SUPPLY…COVINA! & LAST BUT NOT LEAST…AutismHWY.com !!!

LET’S SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THOSE THAT SUPPORT US !!!

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