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Autism Youth Sports League offers a community based sports socialization program. This program is open to all children on the Autism Spectrum ages 4 to 18 years of age. Children on the spectrum often benefit from physical activities the help regulate sensory challenges. Participation in sports programs helps these children to increase self confidence, competence, increase communications and socialization skills. The goal of AYSL is to develop socialization, independence and physical skills to allow children on the spectrum the ability to play traditional sports with their peers. Autism Youth Sports League is committed to utilizing sports to develop socialization skills and independence in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We strive to increase motor, social and communication skills.
In 2009, Lora Mancini decided that she wanted to find a sports program that would benefit her Autistic son. Mrs. Mancini presented that idea of creating a division for Autistic children to San Dimas Little League. This new division became known as the "A League". With a structural design for older and younger age groups, four teams were created that consisted of approximately forty kids. This very first "A League" season was a great success.
Wanting to expand beyond the boundaries of Little League, Lora Mancini (CEO/Founder) created the Autism Youth Sports League. In 2010, the Autism Youth Sports League became a public charity 501(c)(3) non- profit organization.
The Autism Youth Sports League became the very first sports league in California that offers traditional sports programs to children on the Autism Spectrum. AYSL offers year around sports programs that have proven to be as fantastic socialization environment for these children. These sports programs have allowed the children to participate in stress free sports activities that are designed for each age group and functionality level. Some of the programs offered by the Autism Youth Sports League allow non-autistic siblings to participate.
The Autism Youth Sports League current sports programs consists of baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, flag football, soccer and other socialization activities. As a public charity /non-profit organization, Autism Youth Sports League is not constrained by traditional sport league district boundaries, allowing children from any region to participate in the various programs.
Autism Youth Sports League is seeking continuous and additional funding to allow the league to create new programs, expand existing programs and attend conferences or events in order to spread Autism awareness. Additionally, Autism Youth Sports League would like to establish funding to assist low income families the opportunity to participate in the various programs. The ultimate goal of the Autism Youth Sports League is to purchase our own facility.
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