San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2013
Autistic kicker Anthony Starego will attend the National Camp Series (NCS) Super Camp VII, one of the country’s premiere kicking camps for high school kickers, punters and snappers, being held February 16-17, 2013, in Orlando, FL, according to kicking coach Michael Husted.
And Ray Starego, Anthony’s father, says both he and his son are thrilled about attending.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two days in sunny warm Orlando Florida, with some of the best instructors in the country,” says Starego. “My son can't stop talking about this trip. It was great for the National Camp Series and Mr. Husted to acknowledge my son's great accomplishment by inviting him to this tremendous event. We are proud and honored to be at an event with instructors and participants of the highest level.”
NCS Associate Lee McDonald of Special Teams Solutions has coached Anthony over the last few years and he says attending Super Camp VII will be a great experience for Anthony.
"It's phenomenal that Anthony will spend two days with great competition, instruction and invaluable connections with the kicking world at this year's NCS Super Camp,” says McDonald. “I know he and his family can't wait to get there, nor can I. It’s hard not to think about how far he has come in terms of his personal, social and emotional development.”
McDonald says he believes kicking has helped Anthony face some of the challenges that come with his being autistic.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have ASD. Males are four times more likely to have ASD than females.
“There is no question kicking has played a major role in Anthony’s development,” says McDonald. “The repetitive, routine nature of being a kicker is the perfect match for the challenges Anthony faces being autistic. His achievements on and off the field are a testament to his work ethic, resiliency and the tremendous support of his parents, coaches, teammates and the entire Brick community.”
McDonald cannot seem to find enough good things to say about Anthony.
“Anthony is a great kid with a heart of gold,” says McDonald. “When he came to a camp a few years ago he was struggling to make extra points but his passion for kicking was evident. His enthusiasm proved contagious to those campers who watched him continue to kick despite the obvious challenges for a boy with autism.“
“I can remember a workout we had this summer where he was struggling to stay "tall through the ball" as we like to say in kicking terms,” says McDonald. “I told him "lean back and swing up" and all of a sudden things clicked, he started hammering the ball. It was great moment. His father and I looked at each other and were speechless.”
No doubt McDonald and Ray Starego will have the opportunity for many more ‘speechless’ moments while watching Anthony Starego at the National Camp Series Super Camp VII.
Go here for more information about Super Camp VII.
Go here for more information about Lee McDonald and Special Teams Solutions.
Go here for more information about kicking coach Michael Husted.