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“The opportunity for our students to come together as a team and play soccer is in keeping with our school’s goal of helping every student reach his or her maximum potential,” said Anne Bristol, Monarch Academy head of school. “This will be a lot of fun for our kids, but it will also emphasize teamwork and physical fitness.”

Opened in August 2011, Monarch Academy is situated next to Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, and not far away from the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex, featuring 13 fields of league and tournament play.

“The Stingers will practice and play matches at the 8,000-seat Toyota Field, new home of the Scorpions,” Bristol said. “What a thrill it will be for our students to play in a first-class stadium built specifically for soccer!”

Bristol also noted that from time to time Scorpions players will tutor members of the Stingers.

To provide non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland with a steady revenue stream for expansion of programs and services, philanthropist Gordon Hartman acquired the Scorpions franchise in the North American Soccer League. The team will begin playing home matches at Toyota Field in mid-April.

All Scorpions, Toyota Field and STAR Soccer net profits are earmarked for Morgan’s Wonderland, Bristol said. This is the first time a professional sports team has been organized to benefit the special-needs community. More information is available at and

Monarch Academy is located at 5235 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio just west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive. Additional information can be found at