The Outreach Program for Soccer



Now Offered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College


What is TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.  The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 8-19, who has a mental or physical disability.  Our goal is to enable the numerous young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the U.S. Youth Soccer family.

Tell me more about TOPSoccer at Penn State Behrend.

Penn State Behrend sponsored its first TOPSoccer Program in March 2001. There were 12 participants with disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and visually impaired.  The program was held on Tuesday evenings form 6:00pm-7:30pm for 6 weeks.  All participants were paired up with 1-2 members of the Penn State men's and women's varsity soccer team.  All participants received a free soccer ball and T-shirt.  The players concluded their soccer experience with a pizza and swimming party in the Junker Center, Behrend's new athletics and recreation complex. 

When will the next session of TOPSoccer be offered and how can I sign up?

TOPSoccer will again be offered at Penn State Behrend in March 2002.  Specific dates and times are shown below.  A mandatory information session (denoted with **) is required for parents only prior to the start of the program. Click here for directions and a map of Penn State Behrend For additional information and to be added to our mailing list, please email Jane Brady.




**Tuesday, February 26 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Conference Room
Tuesday, March 12 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gymnasium
Tuesday, March 19 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gymnasium
Tuesday, March 26 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gymnasium
Tuesday, April 2 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gymnasium
Tuesday, April 9 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gymnasium
Tuesday, April 16 6:30-7:00pm Junker Center Gym and Pool

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