LISA WILDE - MIRACLE LEAGUE
As the mother of children with special needs, Lisa Wilde had no idea how much the Y could help her and her family until she decided to check out the Irving Family YMCA last year. What she thought was just a place to swim and workout, turned out to be much more than she ever expected. In addition to a great pool with wonderful and attentive life guards, she discovered that her children could also participate in the YMCA Miracle League - a sports league designed for kids with special needs. Lisa’s son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with ADHD and borderline autism when he was three years old. Therefore, he sometimes has trouble dealing with other kids in a team environment. But in the Miracle League, everyone is patient with each other and friendship comes before winning or anything else. Jonathan always wanted to play sports, but felt intimidated. So he was excited when he noticed that the other kids in the Miracle League had to overcome challenges just like him. Jonathan’s sisters, Gracie and Wanda, have also enjoyed being involved in the Miracle League. Wanda suffers from a vitamin deficiency and a condition that causes her to often fall and hurt herself. She wasn’t able to play regular T-Ball, but with the Miracle League, they were able to make adjustments to better suit her needs so that she can still enjoy the game. Also, their sister, Gracie, was a buddy in sports last year. She has had a great time meeting people and now has a best friend she met through the league. In addition to sports, the family has also taken part in nutrition classes to help them eat healthier, and they attend Literacy Night once a month. The Y has certainly turned out to be much more than Lisa ever expected, and we hope to keep surprising her with exceptional quality for many years to come!