TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4-20, who has a mental and/or physical special need. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with special needs to become valued and successful members of the US YOUTH SOCCER family. This program is provided to the parents of special needs children at no cost to the family.
TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US YOUTH SOCCER mission statement, which is, in part, ‘to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at ALL levels of age and competition’. There are thousands of children with special needs who need the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer program.
THE RESULTS ARE DRAMATIC. Parents of children with special needs are amazed at the positive impact playing soccer has on their child’s self-esteem. AND, as a result of playing TOPSoccer, children enjoy the camaraderie of team sports hearing the cheers of proud parents, sisters, brothers and friends on the sidelines. It can be a life-changing experience. TOPSoccer also benefits the ‘buddy’ volunteers. TOPSoccer pairs up a young player with a special needs child to assist each child in learning and playing the game. In many cases, these young volunteers begin performing better in school and look forward to their TOPSoccer activities as much as their regular soccer games.
Fontainebleau and Mandeville High School Key Clubs, Fontainebleau and Mandeville Junior High Builder’s Clubs members, parents of special needs children, and anyone interested is welcome to volunteer.