There are over 20 major soccer complexes in Omaha along with several dozen other smaller fields, playgrounds and open areas where you’ll find kids, teens and adults playing and learning to play soccer. For those of us with special needs kids, joining a soccer league with NT kids might be extremely challenging for our kiddos to participate with and enjoy. Thankfully, the volunteers at the Bellevue Soccer Club (BSC) organized a TOPSoccer league designed and intended specifically for our special needs kids.
TOPSoccer BSC is a co-ed program for kids (starting at age 4), teens and adults with special needs. You don’t have to live in Bellevue to participate. As they put it on their website, “Our goal is to enable athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.”
Games are played at Walter’s Soccer Complex in Bellevue on Sunday afternoons at 2 and 3:00 PM.
Groups of players are organized by skill level to ensure “the best possible experience is available for our players.” Teams will meet on a Sunday afternoon, practice for 30 minutes and then play a game for another 30 minutes. Players will play on soccer fields with adaptive soccer equipment alongside “TOPSoccer Buddies” volunteers to help them enjoy the game. Each player will get a team uniform. There’s even a pizza party at the end of the season!
Registration for the Spring 2018 is already underway. The cost is $20 if you register by March 23, which you should do in order to guarantee team placement. After 3/23, the cost increases to $40 and no guarantee on team placement. The registration fee covers the team uniform shirt and socks, but families are responsible for providing shin guards and any other equipment.
Please mail the form to Denise Gehringer at TOPSoccer, 406 Black Forest Dr., Papillion, NE 68133 or e-mail a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made payable to BSC Top Soccer.
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