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TOPSoccer at the Oshkosh YMCA

Saturday January 30, 2016 – 

My name is Sara Muhlbauer and I am a parent of two boys, Chas age 11 and Gus age 9. Chas has been playing soccer at the YMCA since he was 4 years old, while his brother Gus has sat on the sidelines – cheering him on. Today was a new day for our family; Gus was out on the soccer field playing while his brother was cheering from sidelines. 

Gus, who is non-verbal, was born with missing chromosomes that have created a cognitive disability. It takes a lot of repetition for Gus to learn new skills, and therefore being a part of an organized team, leaves other teammates frustrated. The TOPSoccer program is great, because it is geared toward meeting the kids where they are at. Gus was excited to buy his soccer shoes and put on his soccer socks and shin guards this morning, he was ready an hour before we needed to leave. He spent this morning’s session kicking around the soccer ball, dribbling with friends and then at the end – pouring water on his head, something he has seen his big brother do after a game.

The Oshkosh Youth Soccer Club, Water Cities Soccer Club and Oshkosh YMCA came together to bring the Oshkosh community the TOPSoccer program. This program brings kids the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a cognitive or physical disability.

The TOPSoccer program is scheduled the next 4 Saturdays, at the 20th Ave Oshkosh YMCA – from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. New players are always welcome – come join Gus and his friends for an hour of fun!