What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based training program for young athletes with special needs. Our mission is to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl ages 4-18 who has a physical or mental disability. The emphasis of the program is on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than on competition. We focus on ABILITIES vrs their DISABILITY. We teach them the fundamentals of the game of soccer in a fun, structured, safe environment in order for them to reach their full potential.
TOPSoccer was started in Blackstone when a group of coaches and parents within BMYSO saw the need within our community. There were many young athletes with disabilities around us who were looking for an opportunity to play. These children were already in our programs. They were sitting on the sideline benches and chairs watching there siblings play soccer. This all changed in the Spring of 2007 when we had our inaugural season of TOPSoccer with a total of 14 athletes and many wonderful coaches and junior coaches teaching the game of soccer. It was a big success.
The program runs for 7-8 weeks in the Spring and Fall with the opportunity to participate in the statewide Special Olympics Fall Soccer Tournament. Volunteers under the supervision of special needs professionals and experienced soccer coaches through BMYSO staff the program. The TOPSoccer program is open to children in Blackstone & Millville and the surrounding communities.
Our program is successful because of the dedication of the Coaches, Junior Coaches and other Volunteers. Each TOPSoccer athlete receives small group and/or one on one attention at all times from our staff of Coaches and Junior Coaches that consist of middle school, high school or college age students. Each skill or game is adapted to each TOPSoccer athletes special needs and every athlete participates at the level that they are able.
The admiration and friendships between the athletes and coaches will leave both with valuable and lasting memories.
If you would like to make a donation to this help fund this program please send an e-mail to the [email protected] and someone from the BMYSO will get back to you.