Spanish soccer coach fulfills son with Down syndrome’s wish

The coach of Spain’s world champion soccer team, Vicente del Bosque, is a man of few words and gestures. However, last week he experienced one of the most emotional moments of his life when he fulfilled the dream of his 21 year-old son Alvaro, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, by allowing him to hold up the World Cup trophy to the applause of the team.

“My son changed my life,” Del Bosque has said on more than one occasion. Alvaro is his second son, and Del Bosque learned that he had Down’s Syndrome several weeks after his birth. “At first we cried a lot,” he told author Gemma Herrero for her book, “39 Stories of Solidarity Surrounding Sports,” but he added, “Now when I look back I think, we were so foolish.”

via Spanish soccer coach fulfills wish for Down’s Syndrome son :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Maria y Yo – Documentary on life with an autistic child

via YouTube – tráiler MARIA Y YO.

Maria Y Yo (Maria and Me), is a Spanish documentary based on the illustrated book by award-winning illustrator Miguel Gallardin in which he tells the story of life with his 14-year-old autistic daughter.

Here’s a Washington Post interview with Gallardin. He talks about how his art changed as Maria’s autism emerged, and how his drawings are now a way to communicate with her.

Golf for young adults with Down syndrome

Here’s a post about a golf class for young adults with Down syndrome at a resort in Spain.

La Manga Club’s first golf course for youngsters from the ASIDO association recently came to an end with a Par 47 tournament and prize giving hosted by Golf Pro and Course Tutor, Mark Hook.

Every Thursday afternoon since last October, La Manga Club Golf Academy has been filled with young people eager to learn all the secrets and benefits of golf. A total of 10 students attended the course, during which they have worked on golf skills such as the swing, stance and build-up routine. The young golfers have not just improved their technical skills, but have also worked on concentration and focus, memory skills and psychological aspects such as self-esteem and social skills.

via Golf course for young people with Downs Syndrome finishes at La Manga Club | La Manga Club Official Blog for La Manga Resort in Murcia, Spain with Golf Holidays, 5 star hotel, tennis breaks, Spa La Manga Club.