the meaning of ADAPT𝘢𝘯𝘥THRIVE
The ADAPTandTHRIVE program is a first-of-its-kind combination of soccer-based initiatives (currently six initiatives are part of the ADAPTandThrive Program) which aim to impact the disability community.
The innovative multipronged approach hits on youth empowerment, leadership, awareness raising, and opportunity creation. These creative elements set the program apart and position it as a trailblazer in promoting inclusivity within the soccer community.
When people hear the word adapt, they often think of a person with a disability, but in the context of U.S. Soccer’s Extended National Teams Department, the word "adapt" is meant for everyone. It's for people with and without disabilities. It’s about National Associations, partners, organizations, and society, in general, taking the opportunity to think differently, with inclusive mindsets, thereby creating opportunities for all to experience and "thrive" because of it.
The Invitational brings together individuals from diverse soccer backgrounds and abilities to participate in a soccer event that celebrates inclusivity and promotes interaction and collaboration. This initiative creates an opportunity for players to showcase their skills, build friendships, and break down barriers, fostering a sense of unity and shared experiences. This event features the sport’s elite U.S. National Teams and various U.S. Soccer member programs providing opportunities for adaptive athletes at all levels. The Invitational creates a platform of education and awareness for the athletes and organizations leading the way in growing the sport for people with disabilities.
ADAPT𝘢𝘯𝘥THRIVE Leadership Program
The ADAPTandThrive Leadership Course empowers individuals to become advocates for inclusion and change within their communities. By providing training in leadership skills, diversity awareness, and inclusive practices, this program equips participants with the tools to drive positive transformations in their respective spheres of influence. The Leadership Course mentors individuals to be catalysts for change and actively deliver inclusive programs within their soccer community. This course will help provide a runway to ensure we have access to an inclusive workforce and programming for part of our legacy for 2025, 2026, 2027, and 2028.
young persons working group
ADAPT𝘢𝘯𝘥THRIVE Disability Award
disability soccer month
Disability Soccer Month is a dedicated period that aims to raise awareness about disability soccer and promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the sport. This month-long initiative showcases the abilities and achievements of disabled players, highlights the importance of adaptive soccer programs, and encourages participation and support from the wider soccer community.
The Coach Education initiatives have two main focuses.
- using U.S. Soccer's Learning Platform to equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to foster inclusive environments. It encourages coaches to embrace innovative approaches and fosters a culture of inclusivity within the coaching community, therefore contributing to the growth of opportunity within disability soccer in the U.S.
- Providing bespoke coach education opportunities for coaches with disabilities to gain education and certification on the formal U.S. coach education pathway.