For over 20 years the American Youth Soccer Organization’s VIP Program has provided a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.
VIP teams may include:
- Blind or visually impaired
- Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
- Mentally or emotionally challenged
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
Supported by trained, volunteer VIP coaches and buddies, our VIP Program provides a team experience where players learn soccer while having fun, increasing their self-esteem and meeting new people. Our buddies are non-disabled persons who assist our VIP players on the field to learn soccer and have fun while being safe!
All our volunteers are trained and certified with AYSO’s Safe Haven and VIP Training while our coaches and referees have additional job specific training. Our volunteers have found their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends.
Players, plus their families and volunteers, will be enriched by a true AYSO soccer experience – team uniforms, cheering from the sidelines, scoring goals, making friends. Our parents are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun and playing a sport perhaps for the first time.
VIP gives joy and hope.