'I just want to run': Special Olympics touches the lives of those with disabilities
The National
“We are here because we believe that sports brings joy and purpose to the lives of all kinds of athletes, no matter their abilities,” he said. He shared a story of a ... up with him," he said. "Suhail is on the autism spectrum and finds it difficult to ...

Pro golfer Ernie Els makes difference in world of autism
WPBF West Palm Beach
Golf legend Ernie Else sat down exclusively with WPBF 25 News 9 a.m. anchor Stephanie Berzinski to talk about parenting his son, Ben, who has autism, and the Els Center of Excellence. ... Part of the curriculum focuses on sports, including golf. "At ...

Man bullied for being autistic tells how dance music saved him from depression
Gears Of Biz
By Victoria Ritter on 13 November 2017 Sports. An autistic man who spent his school days being bullied and kept in isolation has said that electronic music saved him from a life of depression. Despite being written off by teachers when he was just ...

Watch 7th grader with Down's Syndrome score goal in hockey debut
Sean Pellegrino has Down's Syndrome and autism. The seventh grader at West Allegheny Middle School can skate but needs help with playing the game. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League worked with Sean's family to add him to the roster.

Veterans Memorial High School senior uses his disability to help others overcome their own
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Devin Ritchie has not let a disability interfere with his drive to succeed in academics, music and sports. He has focused his ... Devin, the son of Jeffery and Tamara Ritchie, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was only 4. His mother ...

Street Tough: Despite autism disorder, Manheim Township's Spitzley is key cog in Streaks' success
That Spitzley stood up and addressed his teammates was an enormous step in his maturation process. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a toddler. ASD patients have difficulties with communication, interaction and basic socialization skills.

Football adds up firmly in Damenti's favor
Chicago Daily Herald
"He loved the sport, loved everyone on the team, was always intense and always wanted to play." Football afforded Zach Damenti an opportunity to be just another kid. A 5-foot-7, 160-pound backup linebacker for a Lakes team that won nine games and ...

Redesigning Sports Arenas To Make Them More Accessible To Fans With Autism
Fast Company
[Photo: David Bley/KultureCity] Until recently, the solution for people caring for loved ones with autism or other sensory-processing issues was just to avoid games altogether. But this year, Quicken Loans Arena launched professional sports' first ...

Street Tough: Despite autism disorder, Manheim Township's ...
Manheim Township sophomore lineman Street Spitzley (66) who has autism, makes ongoing adjustments for school and football, works on drills during practice ...

Autism Together staff set new Guinness World Record after bounceathon
Wirral Globe
The official presentation saw the team take back to the trampoline at Grange Road West Sports Centre in Birkenhead with a welcome speech opening the celebrations from Autism Together's chief executive, Robin Bush. Each team member was then ...

VIDEO: A touchdown with bigger meaning for Turlock student living with autism
Steven has autism and his parents said they just never knew what he would be able to do and what he wouldn't be able to do. "We just knew he loved sports," said Amy. Steven, a senior on Pitman High School's football team, scored the winning touchdown ...

Oakland football OK with Lebanon special needs player's TD costing Patriots a shutout
The Daily News Journal
Fidler, who has autism, is a special needs student at Lebanon and has been a hard-working and diligent member of the football team. With Oakland ahead 42-0, Lebanon was able to insert Fidler into the game, and he ran a jet sweep, untouched for a long ...

Mercilus honored for fundraising efforts for disabled kids
The Texans standout was honored by the NFLPA for his recent fundraising work through his Dine With Merci event. Mercilus was a runner-up in the NFLPA's Community MVP honor for raising almost $100,000 for disabled children and autism awareness.

Fresno special needs runner invited to Boston Marathon
KMPH Fox 26
After the race, Kyle got the best news he could've asked for - he'd been invited to the 2018 Boston Marathon - something he'd been dreaming about. Kyle will race as part of "Dougie's Team." He will help fundraise for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for ...

Disabilities in family inspire teen
Her greatest strength is her humbleness, and with her qualities as a team player and an ambitious and loyal being, she has a great desire to use her expertise and passion for sports to encourage youth to see that autistic children are no different. It ...