Tri-County Youth Sports Daily
North Topsail Elementary School – Brooke Neeley – A Inspiration to All – In Life – In School – And on the Softball Field
As we feature our area Youth, Middle School and High School Athletes, we often look at them beginning youth sports at an early age. North Topsail Elementary student Brooke Neeley, like others got involved in youth sports at a young age. Following the footsteps of her older sister, Emma a 2021 Topsail High School graduate and softball player. Emma is currently a freshman with the Methodist University Monarchs Softball program. Brooke is in her second season playing with the Topsail Girls Softball Association League.
Brooke is an inspiration to us all. The journey to youth sports and the softball field came with challenges and adversity. Brooke was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disability that occurs when a third copy of the twenty first chromosome Most people with Down Syndrome have significant delays in physical development due to how muscle tone as well as mid to moderate intellectual disabilities. Brooke started physical therapy at three months old, followed by occupational and speech therapy when it is appropriate. Brooke had open heart surgery at 5 months old.
Brooke’s mom, was inspired by a friend when Brooke was younger. “A good friend told me that I should not expect anything less from Brooke than I did from her sister Emma,” It will just take her a little longer to get there.” I have always kept that in my mind when raising Brooke.” With proper support, Brooke can do anything she chooses to do”
Brooke is doing just that. Anything she chooses to do.
- 2018- Miracle League Softball – 2 years
- 2021-Essential Cross-Fit Obstacle Course Training
- May 2021- Warrior Kids Challenge
- Fall 2021- Topsail Girls Softball
- Spring 2022-Topsail Girls Softball
Great Job!! Brooke…Youth Spotlight Athlete
“A Inspiration To All”