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Very Important Players (VIP)

AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate without assistance.

VIP players are:

» Players that are Blind or visually impaired
» Players with conditions that impair their mobility
» Player’s with mental or emotional challenges
» Players with Autism
» Players with Downs Syndrome
» Players with Cerebral Palsy

Our goals for every participating player are
» have fun playing soccer
» understand the fundamentals of the game
» learn teamwork and fair play
» increase positive self-esteem
» become more physically fit
» meet and be comfortable with new people

 

We recognize that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries the philosophy of “Everyone Plays®” to new heights – giving everyone a chance to play. Kids with various challenges are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-age population. Special schools and classrooms can isolate these children so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate these children into the AYSO program by using “buddies” to help these players both on – and off – the field.

The AYSO VIP program helps more than just the players. Buddies and other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of individuals with various challenges. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new friends in the VIP program. For parents thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making new friends, the VIP program gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for the first time.

If you have a VIP interested in playing or would like more information, please email [email protected].

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Region 1603

P.O. Box 560 
Baker, Florida 32531

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 850-783-0650
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