“You made my boys shine in the time they have known you. I thank you will all my heart. Thank you for all you have done for my boys and all the kids and adults in the program.”
Teresa, KIDS 'Kick with Care' Parent
“That was so much fun! The kids had a blast and I can't believe you actually tired Islam out! You guys are truly amazing!"
Christen, Therapist at Shriners Hospital for Children (Boston)
“Thank you for allowing the residents of Walnut Street Center to have soccer this year. My son, David, has really enjoyed this so much."
Kathy, 'Kick with Care' Parent
"Amazing job by John and Zach! The best organized, most enjoyable soccer clinic geared toward people with special needs I've ever seen. No wasted time and extraordinarily high, positive energy! Those guys you were working with were actually some of the toughest behaviorally in the state - believe it or not - and you (urged) them all flawlessly. Well done!"
Sean Daly, Director of 'Diamond is the Sky'
Kick with Care is meant to serve the needs of both children and adults with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities that simply want a fun environment by which to enjoy the game, build self-esteem, get exercise and meet new friends.
‘Kick with Care’ is an outreach program whereby modifications to the game of soccer are provided so that children with special needs or anxiety and adults with disabilities can enjoy the world’s most popular game on a weekly basis.
The program offers a recreational, leisure approach to the game and one-on-one assistance is available to those who need it. ‘Kick with Care’ is different from US Youth Soccer's 'TOPSoccer' in that while it does serve children with mental and physical disabilities, the program also welcomes children who don’t have a medically diagnosed condition. Some players are just shy or have anxiety being in a structured youth soccer program.
‘Kick with Care’ also encompasses a program for adults with disabilities – something that makes it very unique. “A lot of these adults have one form of (weekly) activity and this allows them to have another activity,” said John Teves, director of 'Kick with Care'. “They get to interact with other adults and they get to play the wonderful game of soccer.”
Our professional coaches and ability-appropriate training plans enhance players both technically and tactically, while ensuring the most important aspect: FUN! Thousands of players have boosted their self-esteem and interacted with their peers from their community thanks to these clinics. Fitness and quality of life increases exponentially on a weekly basis.
Additionally, we have successfully been a part of Special Olympics events, keeping in mind that the primary focus of a successful tournament is to promote the joy and fun of the game and to offer a safe venue for players to express themselves and develop their skills. We believe that the benefits of organized soccer are numerous and it is our mission to provide all players with soccer opportunities.
Sidekick is a NSCAA Member Club. To see our 'Kick with Care' curriculum, click on the Our Methods tab.