Since 1996, the Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association has sponsored a TOPSoccer Program. TOPSoccer is a national outreach soccer program for children with special needs. Children from many South Hills communities participate. Disabilities may range from Down Syndrome to Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. Many of the participants have some degree of motor or coordination difficulties. Play is adapted to meet their level and ensure that challenges are achievable and fun. In addition to its athletic component, the program promotes social interaction and positive self-esteem.
TOPSoccer is organized by volunteers from the Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association and supported by volunteers from South Hills communities. Every player has a "Soccer Buddy" to assist him or her on the field. These buddies have been the driving force in TOPSoccer – they help teach the players the game, provide encouragement, and have fun! The TOPSoccer program has been a win-win experience for players and buddies alike!
TOPSoccer has three seasons: spring, winter and fall. Spring runs May 2 - June 6th.
The program is open to special needs children and teenagers, ages 6 and up. Sunday afternoon sessions are typically one hour long, beginning with warm-up activities and drills, and concluding with a brief game.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Time: TBD, Usually Late Sunday Afternoons
Location: A Mt. Lebanon Field
Volunteers are ALWAYS needed!
Do you like working with people and are you looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? TOPSoccer would love your help! We are run by volunteers, and we appreciate whatever help you can offer.
Each player has a “Soccer Buddy” that helps him or her on the field. You can help teach the game, provide much needed encouragement, and enjoy the whole process. We’ve given both buddies and players a wonderful experience for many year.
We are always looking for energetic and caring "buddies." We prefer that our buddies are at least high school age, but exceptions can be made. Volunteers can earn community service credit hours.
While COVID restrictions are in place, however, we will need to limit numbers. We ask potential volunteers to send a message to email@example.com to reserve a spot and commit to specific dates during the spring season (late Sunday afternoons, May 2 - June 6). Masks will need to be worn at all times while assisting players on the field.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteering!
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