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For Immediate Release
Indiana Soccer Announces Formation of a TOPSoccer Academy
(Indianapolis, IN) – September 17, 2010 – Indiana Soccer is pleased to announce the formation of a TOPSoccer Academy for the Fall 2010 soccer season. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a US Youth Soccer based program designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any player, age 8 and older, who have a mental or physical disability.
The Indiana Soccer TOPSoccer Academy program was formed in partnership with Special Olympics Indiana, Dynamo FC and Butler University to provide an opportunity for Indianapolis’ exceptional athletes to enjoy the game of soccer.
“Indiana Soccer is pleased to partner with Dynamo FC, Butler University and Special Olympics Indiana to make soccer available to exceptional athletes,” said Joy Carter TOPSoccer Liaison for Indiana Soccer. “The Academy format will be a great experience for all involved: players, coaches, partners, and parents. I look forward to opening up the program throughout Indiana.”
TOPSoccer Academy sessions will be held at Dynamo FC on Sundays from September 26 through November 14, aligning with the current Special Olympics Indiana participation format. Dynamo FC will provide top level coaching with additional support from local NCAA, Indiana Olympic Development Program (ODP), and Region II ODP coaches and players.
“Butler Soccer is excited to be a part of the TOPSoccer program,” said Butler Womens’ Head Coach Tari St. John. “Reaching out to the community is an important part of our culture. Our student athletes are passionate about the sport and to be able to share that is going to be an incredible experience.”
The Academy soccer approach focuses on player development and fun through the game of soccer. The Indiana Soccer TOPSoccer Academy will offer an environment where exceptional athletes can learn the game of soccer through appropriate training groups and participation in a traditional competitive setting.
“Indiana Soccer is honored to lead the way in providing an exceptional soccer experience for these athletes with special needs,” said Indiana Soccer Executive Director Dave Guthrie. “With the support of the partner organizations and many volunteers, Indiana Soccer looks forward to building a lasting relationship with the TOPSSoccer and Special Olympics Indiana community.”
“Special Olympics Indiana is excited to partner with Indiana Soccer in unveiling this new soccer education and training program designed specifically for persons with intellectual disabilities, said Jeff Mohler of Special Olympics Indiana. “It is thrilling to see an organization, such as Indiana Soccer, take the significance of its sport and its educational benefits and apply it to all persons, no matter their physical or intellectual ability. We applaud them for including our athletes. In the coming weeks, we look forward to seeing our athletes’ progress. And we thank Dynamo FC for its commitment in becoming the first club to start a TOPSoccer Academy program locally.”
About Indiana Soccer
- Indiana Soccer is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
and United States Youth Soccer
. It is a not-for-profit Indiana corporation, allowing tax deductible donations and contributions to the fullest extent of the law. Indiana Soccer has a current membership base of over 56,000 youth players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 140 local member clubs across the state of Indiana. For more information, see www.indianayouthsoccer.org
About Special Olympics Indiana -
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 10,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide. For more information please visit, http://www.soindiana.org/
About Dynamo FC -
Dynamo FC, a Premier Soccer Club in Indianapolis is celebrating 32 years of soccer excellence in 2010. Dynamo has one of the most qualified and experienced coaching staffs in Indiana. Our coaches coach at the high school, college and regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) level. Many have received state & national coaching awards. With a focus on whole player development, Dynamo FC's core values foster commitment, fair play, excellence and community in every player.
For more information please visit, www.dynamofc.org
About Butler Women’s Soccer -
Butler Women’s Soccer is an NCAA Division I varsity program located at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The program established in 1991 as a varsity sport, has an all-time winning percentage of .578 in conference play and has been the home of six NSCAA/adidas all-region players and 67 all-conference players. For more information, please visit, www.butlersports.com/sports/w-soccer/index
There is also a TOPS Soccer Program with a different format at the FUSION Soccer Club in Brownsburg, IN. To find out more about it access the following link: http://www.indyfusionsoccer.com/custpage.php?cid=376