Miracle League of San Diego honors local ‘Outstanding Volunteers’

(L-R) Spencer Brigandi, Eric Schade, Tyler Yamamoto and Brennen O’Malley. Not pictured Miles Quigg.
(L-R) Spencer Brigandi, Eric Schade, Tyler Yamamoto and Brennen O’Malley. Not pictured Miles Quigg.

The Miracle League of San Diego recently honored its “Outstanding Volunteers Fall 2012. The Miracle League of San Diego ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with physical and mental disabilities to develop and achieve their full potential: mentally, socially and physically.

Honorees included:

Spencer Brigandi:

Spencer has volunteered as a buddy for the Twins for five years. He has grown with the players and is now an intern for Miracle League. He is a key holder and helps open and close the field. He has taken on more responsibility at the field and with ML this season. He has shown passion and dedication to the league as a buddy and intern.

Eric Schade:

Eric is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy were he has a 4.57 GPA. Eric was recently named a 2013 National Merit Scholar and AP Distinguished Scholar. Eric is a three sport Varsity athlete at CCA and a Union Tribune CIF All Academic Team member for water polo, soccer and swimming. He is captain of his high school water polo team, plays Varsity soccer and is a first team CIF All League swimmer on the CCA swim team. Eric plays competitive soccer with San Diego Football Academy and water polo with the Del Mar Water Polo Club. He is a San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth Red Ribbon Week panelist and works with the Junior Lifeguard Program with the City of Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards in the summer.

Eric was a Solana Beach Little League All Star when he started volunteering as a baseball buddy for Miracle League. Eric has been a Baseball Buddy with the Marlins every season since the Opening Day of Miracle League of San Diego in May 2007. He has been extremely fortunate to be a buddy for the same team, the Marlins, every season since opening day. This Fall makes 10 seasons. He values the friendships and bonds he has made with the Marlin family and enjoys watching the players excitement playing the game. After high school, Eric plans to study biomedical engineering in college. Some of his top college choices include MIT, Yale, and Stanford.

Tyler Yamamoto:

With years of experience playing Little League and a love for helping others, it was a wonderful next step for Tyler to become a buddy for Miracle League. Whether teaming up with Luke, or playing with other teammates, Saturdays on the baseball field were a weekend highlight. After graduating from Torrey Pines High School, Tyler would like to study psychology at a California University.