AYSO's Very Important Player (VIP) Program has touched many lives, including Chuck, Jamie and Lucy Meyer. After learning of nearby AYSO Region 69, the Meyers were curious if AYSO had any programs for children with special needs. Jamie, Lucy's mother, visited the AYSO website and discovered VIP.
A few weeks later, Lucy - who has Cerebral Palsy - was participating in Region 69's VIP Program and was having an amazing experience. "She loves the socialization and being part of a group of people where she feels totally involved and not just an observer," said Jamie. "This is her first real experience with team sports and keeping score - which is invaluable for a child to experience - and because of VIP, Lucy is able to learn important lessons. I wish this soccer league was all year long!"
"I think that it is great that the coaches and high school students who assist have found the right balance between support and encouragement without coddling," said Lucy's father Chuck. "It was good to see Lucy actually break a sweat during the game!"
If you are interested in starting a VIP Program in your Region, contact VIP Coordinator Colleen Dalit