TOPSoccer Buddy Coach Volunteers Needed

TOPSoccer – The Outreach Program for Soccer –  is a community-based training and placement program for young athletes with disabilities.

The TOPS program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a mental or physical disability. This could include Downs Syndrome, ADHD; any form of Autism, including Asperger’s and Cerebral Palsy. Each program is developed and structured to the specific needs of the participants. Modifications are made to the game and training environment to allow full participation and enjoyment to each athlete that participates.

At this stage of developing this program, we need your help. We are looking for adult “Buddies” to work with the athletes. I am asking for help from our community. The volunteer Buddy would work with the TOPSoccer players in a one on one format on the field. This could be one player with a buddy participating in a small sided game with other players, or just the player and buddy doing individual activities. It depends on the needs of the participant. The “Buddy” role is used to build self-esteem and confidence in the participant. This is open to anyone 17 years of age or older, willing to play with a special needs child for one hour a week. You DO NOT need to be a soccer coach. You will be provided all needed instruction prior to the start of the season.

The program will begin Sunday, September 9 and end Sunday, October 28. We will meet from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The total time commitment is one hour a week for 8 weeks. I look forward to discussing this program with you.

More information can be found at http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/topsoccer.aspx  or contact Dan Hastings (508 721 9834) or cdhast@msn.com