Every child should have an opportunity to play sports if they want it and the Millet Lightning Soccer Association has a new plan to get kids and youth with special needs playing the beautiful game with its All Abilities Soccer program.
For $40, players aged six to 16-years-old can participate in a no-pressure five-week program.
“I work with special needs kids, “ said Millet Soccer board member Courtnee Sawyer, “and I felt there needed something for them to do.”
Sawyere added she’s heard from numerous parents that they’d like to get their special needs kids involved in sports but their options are limited.
“I’m really excited about this program and the executive is committed to its success,” she said,
The Millet Lightning Soccer Association will be having a meet and greet May 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Millet Soccer Shack at the Paul Pay Field (fields behind fence along RR 245 were it intersects with Diamond Drive) in Millet where parents can find out more information or register their child.
“We’re accepting anybody from anywhere,” said Sawyer, who added the ages are flexible. “If you have an 18-year-old who has the mindset of a 12 or 14-year-old— come talk to us.”
The players will be working with coaches in small groups to develop their skills and could work into scrimmages.
“We ask that each player has a parent, guardian or helper be with them on the field,” noted Sawyer.
Each player will receive a Millet soccer jersey and water bottle, but must provide their own shorts, socks, shin pads and proper shoes or cleats.