Almost four years later, the league has close to 45 players and meets a couple of times a month at two locations in Apex and Wake Forest.
Michael Shoor said "you can't fool these kids. They want to be coached."
All levels of ability are welcome. That includes those with hearing and visual impairments, players in wheelchairs, on the autism spectrum and other challenges.
In time, some athletes are able to take leadership roles in the program.
Former Holly Springs star and future Virginia Cavalier @kcshedrick helping coach the Spirit League today. Kadin and former teammates working with special needs kids and making lots of smiles pic.twitter.com/QUT0DAqxbA— Joe Mazur (@joemazurabc11) August 12, 2019
A lot of local athletes serve as volunteers, including Holly Springs basketball star and soon-to-be University of Virginia player Kadin Shedrick.
He has gotten to know many of the participants throughout the year and the support goes both ways.
"Just seeing all the smiles on the kids' faces," Shedrick said. "We love them, they love us. It's so much fun and we really enjoy doing it."
Shoor is appreciative of Shedrick's involvement.
"Kadin just has a great heart and just enjoys being around our athletes," Shoor said.
In a couple of weeks, the 6-10 Shedrick will join the defending NCAA national champions in Charlottesville.