TOPSOCCER "BUDDY OF THE YEAR"
ALEXANDRA PINAUD, of Mashpee was named TOPSoccer "Buddy of the Year" at Massachusetts Youth Soccer's Annual Awards Banquet. As a senior student-athlete at Mashpee High, Alexandra combined her academic pursuits with her athletic passion. Her senior project was to start a TOPSoccer program in and around her hometown. With the support of local youth soccer organizations and with some guidance and support from her family, Alexandra contacted the Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s Director of TOPSoccer to determine what steps were necessary to organize and launch a TOPSoccer program. She successfully completed the USYS TOPSoccer coaches’ course and attended the USYS Workshop programs on TOPSoccer being held in Boston. Alexandra recruited classmates at Mashpee High School to act as “Buddies” and began spreading the word to the local schools and organizations that TOPSoccer would be available to any child with a disability. Her unselfish dedication and her organization has led to the establishment of the Mashpee TOPSoccer Program and provided the opportunity of soccer to children who otherwise would not been able to experience “the beautiful game". Allmof us at Massachusetts Youth Soccer congratulate Alexandra and thank her for working so hard to make a difference.
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TOPSoccer – The Outreach Program for Soccer – is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. It is organized by state youth soccer association volunteers. The TOPSoccer program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a mental or physical disability.
TOPSoccer was formed to support the United States Youth Soccer Association mission statement as it is applied to disabled young athletes. In part, that mission statement dictates that we all work “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.”
Here in Massachusetts, we are committed to providing the necessary resources to make TOPS successful in every way. Each program is different and its development is structured to the specific participants. Modifications are made to the game and training environment to allow full participation and enjoyment to each child that participates.
Massachusetts Youth Soccer encourages all of its organizations to utilize its resources and those of U.S. Youth Soccer to help structure a TOPS program in their area, and it encourages parents of disabled children to contact Ray Robinson, Director of Outreach Programs at email@example.com.
For additional information or if you would like to start a TOPS program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer page....CLICK HERE.