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WSSL VIP Division Seeking High School Volunteers

Passing along an important message from Jim Karpe:
We are reaching out to seek high school students interested in the rewards and challenge of helping out in the Special Needs children of the VIP division.  We have about six dozen children of varying abilities and disabilities.  A lot of children on the autism spectrum or with attention deficit–or both.  Also a fair number with low ability, but with a lot of enthusiasm.  Coaching in VIP is a bit different from the rest of the West Side Soccer League.  On the postive side, our parents and kids will be infinitely grateful, and will help in any way they can.  The pressures are low– no crazy parents on the side lines demanding that you put their son in as center forward.  Instead, parents that are grateful to see their child engaging in anything that resembles a team sport.

And the challenges are intense.  It requires imagination and presence of mind to engage these children, and a great deal of patience to re-engage them when they get distracted by a butterfly, or the feel of grass on their hand, or just their own random thoughts.  

In my estimate, the rewards far out-pace the negatives.  A child who was barely aware of the ball at the start of the season, will at the end of the season will watch them take the ball down to the goal and score.  Their joy, and their parent’s joy, will be palpable.  Oscar Mack and Jim Karpe and the other coach-parents will be there to assist the high school buddies each Sunday.

We meet at the “A1&A2” fields on Sunday at 10 AM for the younger players (under 9) and at 11:30 for the older players.  Please let us know if you are interested in participating in our division.  Email karpe.jim@gmail.com or call 516 655 2713.  

Or if they want, the students can just come out on Sunday the 18th at 10AM to see what we all look like.  Just be forewarned that on that first Sunday we are having everyone come down at the same time, and there will be barely contained chaos as we organize into teams, hand out uniforms, and organize some scrimmage games.


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