“Dad – let’s go to Charlie’s Soccer today, please?” One of my earliests posts was about a Soccer Camp for Autistic Kids and after what felt like an eternity of waiting and endless questioning from our two excited twins, the boys finally got to attend the camp this past week. . . . . and unfortunately, they are anxious to attend camp today even though it concluded yesterday afternoon. I love the picture below – we had barely gotten on the freeway for our 1 hr drive home when Twin A fell asleep holding his soccer ball. . . . . he was so tired.
I will post more about it in my “weekly post” since I have to edit some pictures for it but let’s just say it was an amazing experience. The background to the camp was that Charlie (one of the boys in my son’s class) has a neighbor who is a teenager on the Red Devils Soccer Club in UT. She knew Charlie loved soccer but didn’t play because of his autism so she and her mom decided to do a camp for Charlie. There was a great writeup in the Salt Lake Tribune with awesome pictures of Charlie and his amazing mom Jen, who was another catalyst in getting this started.
Well, almost 60 autistic kids attended the camp (with a ton still on the waiting list) and there were close to 100 volunteers. When you talked to the people doing the check in, they were all ‘family members’ or ‘friends’ of this wonderful neighbor. All the volunteers (so all the teenagers as well) took a tour of one of the autistic schools in the city and also, had a training on ABA and general autistic conditions.
I am truly impressed by the individuals I met this week. . . . the volunteers who worked with my twins. . . the coaches who were there 90 minutes beforehand setting up and getting ready. . . Charlie and his family for their effort in getting this organized. . . . and Michelle (Charlie’s neighbor) and her daughter for turning a little boy’s wish into a reality. I mean seriously – they had 100 volunteers on hand to help the kids. . . they got the kids shirts, snacks, soccer balls, an opportunity to meet the Real SL Mascot from MLS Soccer – AMAZING!
Thank you all SO MUCH. It meant the world to me to see my twins running around, laughing and playing. Twin A gave his mentor a big hug when he left, and Twin B can’t stop talking about his mentor and the fun time he had! More to come on Monday! Have a great weekend!