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The TOPSoccer program is for children with disabilities in our community. These are children that cannot participate and play with the majority of the kids, or may be shunned. TOPSoccer provides children the opportunity to enjoy soccer and the thrill of playing a team sport. The Outreach Program for Soccer, TOPSoccer was formed by US Youth Soccer to further their goal "To foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of America's youth in soccer at all levels of age and competition". It also meets Oregon Youth Soccer's mission statement "To foster an environment that promotes the physical, mental, and emotional development of Oregon's youth through the sport of soccer".
TOPSoccer is managed through Oregon Youth Soccer, and hosted by local soccer clubs. OYSA provides TOPSoccer some equipment to set up a successful program. Eastside Timbers runs two 8-week sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Spring along with a summer camp at the end of June. Soft soccer balls, pop up goals, equipment bags, "bell" balls for children with vision impairment, and "wheelchair" balls are all be provided along with an array of sensory stimulating equipment.
All TOPSoccer players need to register by filling out and returning to Eastside the TOPSoccer Registration form, TOPSoccer Communication Intake form and the Medical form. If you have participated in the past please email Sue Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her to know to expect you again so she can have a buddy available for you.
TOPSoccer is considered a free program to any child with a disability age 5 years old and up but in order to cover OYSA insurance we charge $15 per year. Donations are accepted. 100% of the donation goes to pay for rental space, refreshments, and equipment.
TOPS Talks is designed to be an informative, educational talk with the focus on intellectual disability topics. TOPS Talks will be presented once a season while the Eastside Timbers & Thorns FC TOPSoccer program is in session. TOPS Talks is free and open to our Eastside TOPSoccer families and volunteers, Gresham community, and our surrounding TOPSoccer programs.
TOPS Talks is free and we will be accepting donations at these presentations as well. is presented twice a year to families looking for an onsite presentation. Families will be able to listen to TOPS Talks uninterrupted while players will be on the field playing with some of our Buddies.
Our first TOPS Talks will be October 21, 2019
Time: 5pm, 6pm, or 7pm. The same presentation will be repeated.
Location: Troutdale Indoor Sports Center, 819 NW Corporate Dr., Troutdale
Guest Speaker: Marci Hammel, licensed Autism Specialist with 25-years experience and a foster parent of a young man on the autism spectrum.
Topic: Theory of Mind
September 16th - November 11th, 2019
Sessions: Monday nights for 9 weeks
Honey Bears: 5:00-5:45pm (low-functioning with buddies)
Panda Bears: 6:00-6:45pm (able to function some without buddy, but still structured one-on-one. More touches with soccer ball)
Grizzly Bears: 6:45-7:45pm (high functioning, no buddies. Able to scrimmage)
Location: Troutdale Indoor Sports Center (819 NW Corporate Dr Troutdale, OR 97080)
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This is a great opportunity to play soccer inside in a fun, safe and secure setting. Please email Sue Hughes at email@example.com to let us know that you'll be joining us.
TOPSoccer Buddies are an integral part of the TOPSoccer program. Volunteer "Buddys" are asked to join us on the soccer pitch to assist players in various activities. If you are interested in being a Buddy for TOPSoccer, please fill out this Buddy Form and return to the Eastside Timbers office. For any questions contact Sue Hughes at 503-502-7340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get registered as a TOPSoccer Buddy, please fill out and return to Eastside our TOPSoccer Buddy Registration Form below!
Due to Christmas falling on a Wednesday, this year we may not run a TOPSoccer Winter Camp.
Stay tuned for more information as the year progresses.
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