What Is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any child, ages 4 and older, who has a mental or physical disability or special need. Typical diagnoses of TOPSoccer Athletes include autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, as well as other physical and behavioral conditions.
TOPSoccer allows for participation in a community-based physical activity program without the anxiety of being teased by peers or the uneasiness about a perception of lack of ability.
Unique to TOPSoccer is the pairing up of each Athlete with a volunteer ‘Buddy’ who stays with that athlete every day, throughout the season, and who supports them and makes sure they are (most of all) safe and having fun!
How Is BRSC Getting Involved?
The Winter 2017 season is the 11th year Braden River Soccer Club has offered TOPSoccer.
Where: Manatee County Parks & Recreation soccer fields behind Lakewood Ranch High School, adjacent the picnic pavilion, playground and restrooms.
Winter 2017 Season: Saturday mornings, January 28th – March 11, from 10:30am – noon for Athletes. Buddies should arrive by 10:00am. For more general information, click HERE.
Athletes (participants ages 4 and older):
Please click HERE for specific information on participating as an Athlete for the TOPSoccer Program.
If you would like to register an Athlete please click here: REGISTER
Buddies (typically high school students or mature children in middle or elementary school):
Please click HERE for specific information on volunteering as a Buddy for the TOPSoccer Program.
If you would like to be a Buddy/Volunteer please click here: Be a Buddy/Volunteer
Please contact Program Coordinator Dave Robinson at 941-358-0497 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
HELP NEEDED! We are always looking for TOPSoccer sponsors to cover program costs and allow us to offer the program at no cost to attendees. Please email Dave Robinson at email@example.com if interested. Thanks! We could not do it without community support!