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UCLA student initiative Rockin’ Autism combines sport with therapy

Justin Saco (right), a fourth-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student, and Matthew Wai, a fourth-year physiological science student, created Rockin' Autism, a program meant to teach children with autism rock climbing, in the hope that the kids on the autism spectrum develop social and motor skills. (Conor Cusack/Daily Bruin)

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Head tilted back, arms crossed, gazing up at the wall, Justin Saco encouraged Marco Zepeda, 13, to keep climbing. Nervous of the height and unsure of what to do next, Marco asked to come down, but Saco wasn’t ready to let him give up.


Ryan Anderson, a forward from Arizona, earned national player of the week honors from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Naismith Award. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Ryan Anderson, a forward from Arizona, earned national player of the week honors from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Naismith Award. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior Bronte Law finished 1-over par at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the best performance on the Bruins. (Courtesy of UCLA Athletics)
Junior Bronte Law finished 1-over par at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the best performance on the Bruins. (Courtesy of UCLA Athletics)

Maria Polyakova reached out to four different U.S. schools when applying for college. Three of them took weeks to respond, while UCLA took just three days expressing interest. The Bruins had enough scholarships available, and was the right mix of academics and athletics for Polyakova. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)
Maria Polyakova reached out to four different U.S. schools when applying for college. Three of them took weeks to respond, while UCLA took just three days expressing interest. The Bruins had enough scholarships available, and was the right mix of academics and athletics for Polyakova. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Senior Karue Sell was the only one to win his match Tuesday in UCLA's match against Virginia. He won in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 outlasting Mac Styslinger. (Kathy Chen/Daily Bruin)
Senior Karue Sell was the only one to win his match Tuesday in UCLA's match against Virginia. He won in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 outlasting Mac Styslinger. (Kathy Chen/Daily Bruin)

(Nicholas O'Brien/Daily Bruin)
(Nicholas O'Brien/Daily Bruin)

Linebackers/special teams coach Scott White was named to the position in February 2015. He was named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com after National Signing Day 2016. (Daily Bruin file photo)

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Check out a breakdown of the UCLA sports stories you might have missed this week. Star recruiter Last Thursday, following National Signing Day 2016, Scout.com named UCLA linebackers and special teams coach Scott White the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year. Read more...

Linebackers/special teams coach Scott White was named to the position in February 2015. He was named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com after National Signing Day 2016. (Daily Bruin file photo)

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