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!?
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 !!!
Seems I just heard about A-League a couple of days ago. What ?? Autism Baseball ? Little League teams for players with AUTISM !? Really? YES, REALLY !! And as the saying goes TIME FLIES when you’re having fun!!
The INAUGURAL SEASON ends this Sat.! Can’t believe how fast and smooth it went…considering (?). I mean, I had A LOT of people looking at me with consternation a few times. I love to chat it up as I go along my way. So, many people I come across know all about AutismHWY & A-League. Just can’t stop talking about them. I see both projects as a WORLD OF HELP!!
And a World of FUN!! I really didn’t think Wyatt would enjoy it as much as he has! Before his AUTISM set in…he would play a little whiffle ball. Hitting and running 2 yr.old style! When we would say, “Hey Batter-Batter” he would lift his leg like a pitcher on the mound ! But, that went away and I didn’t want to push it. I could get him to play ball /catch with me in the pool. So I guess I kind of settled for that. But, no more! This outlet to exercise and interaction with teammates, coaches and friendly families…AWESOME!
Something worth fighting for and celebrating!!! JUST WHAT WE’RE DOING!! Join US this Sunday in San Dimas at Marchant Park! 1-5 P.M. We will be there honoring our players. For giving it a shot! Learning a lot and making friends. Friends with AUTISM! What a concept. So many would have you believe that, that is impossible. Yet, we parents, coaches, teachers, siblings and care-givers …KNOW BETTER! We witnessed it! A pure success for kids and adults. It was a little bumpy here and there…but just like any good ride you just hold on and don’t let go!!
Which is EXACTLY RIGHT!! We will keep the ball rolling with a SUMMER/FALLSeason!! All the info can be found at the SDLL website! You can click on from our Interesting Site section on the left!! Registration will be at the ballpark this Sunday and next Saturday! NOW back to the Celebration at hand!! We are really looking forward to this! There will be Games and Food for mind and belly! An Awesome Raffle…for FUN PRIZES…An Amazing Performance by an Amazing Band…ARREST MY SISTER for fantastic entertainment !! Last but not least the CELEBRATION of this accomplishment! The Accomplishment of starting out a season and seeing it through! A season like NO~OTHER, that had never been done before!! MAKING HISTORY …acquiring friends…learning the game… while having FUN!!
Was conceived by Lora Mancini…implemented by San Dimas California. And brought to life by all of us parents!! It takes a group-effort and that we have had! Yes we still have 3 games to play in this opening SEASON but, I am just so grateful! Yesterdays action was as fun as ever!! The sun was high a nice breeze drifting through…and tons of smiles rounding the bases!! The perfect afternoon!
Wyatt is enjoying it now more than ever. I see him smile with pride when everyone calls for him to bat. “C’mon Wyatt get your helmet”, ” Your-turn Wyatt”!! He does this chirping laugh when he is particularly happy. Now his “A-League ” buddies are hearing that CHIRP!! Definitely SOMETHING to TWEET about!!!
There is alot of movement being made. You can physically see it in my photos! While going through my gallery I had to laugh at Wyatt’s face on opening day …he was literally squinting at me. Squinting and probably, wondering what is all this pomp and circumstance?! What was the big-deal ? It is just baseball people. A little round ball that I don’t really mess with. He was wondering what was in store for him?? TOOCUTE!
This weeks game pictures of Christy were amazing! I actually had known Christy! Before… I discovered she was on the “A-LEAGUE” Braves! Wyatt and Christy had attended 2 summer day-camps together at Casa Colina in Pomona Ca. I am a parent that needed to stay on premises due to toileting issues so, I enjoyed seeing all the differentkids. I had an instant fondness for Christy. She is very high-maintenance…needing lots of 1 on 1 ! Yesterday she was on fire… looking like quite the player!! So amazing to see big changes in these players. From A to Z ! The bottom-line is this A- league is a big HIT!!
A Grandslam actually !! The players are rounding the bases…but the impact is hitting home with ALL OF US!! Parents, Siblings, Grandparents,Cousins…Caring Aunts & Uncles, Therapists it runs the gamut! I have even seen an x-teacher or 2 “checking-up” on a former student. SO HeartWARMING!!
EXACTLY what I have been planning~ for AutismHWY ! A Place for ALL of US toSUPPORT Our A.S.D. Family members and Their support TEAMS !! Linking US together through interests and commonalities . Perhaps, making connections with someone through a difference. So much HELP, INFORMATION andFUN ! It will be such an amazingnetwork of inspirational people with MANY stories and ideas to share!
PROMOTINGFRIENDSHIPS through COMMON UNDERSTANDING!! Making a HWY. to Pave our Awareness and Artistic and Athletic ENDEAVORS!! It is where we all are going!