Leagues to Provide Competitive Soccer Opportunities for Athletes
with Physical Disabilites; League Tryouts Take Place in July
DENVER, Colo. (June 10, 2005) – The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is in the process of forming NSCD Soccer Development Leagues in Colorado and Southern California. Introductory clinics have begun and will continue through July when try-outs will be held. The next Colorado area clinic will be June 19 at the Northwest Open Space Recreation facility in Northglenn, Colo. The next Southern California clinics will be June 11 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and June 12 at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Interested parties can register online at www.nscd.org.
The NSCD Soccer Development program is designed to provide competitive soccer opportunities for ambulatory athletes with physical disabilities. To be eligible, participants must either be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or have survived a stroke. Males and females from ages 12 to 20 are eligible (however, exceptions can be made based on ability).
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is providing significant support to this league, as it will also serve as an infrastructure to develop potential Paralympic athletes. The Paralympic Games is the world’s second largest sporting event (behind the Olympic Games) featuring premier athletes with physical disabilities in 22 sports. The 2005 Paralympic team will be training June 10-16 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The 2005 Paralympic Games will take place on June 27-July 11 in New London, Conn.
The NSCD is an internationally recognized therapeutic recreation agency serving individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1970, the NSCD’s mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports.
With its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD can accommodate almost any mental or physical challenge. The NSCD’s impact on lives is direct, immediate and visible. Each year both children and adults take to the ski slopes, mountain trails, golf links and playing fields to learn more about sports and themselves. More than 17,000 lessons were provided in 2004 alone.