Featured Division: Special Needs

The RSA Special Needs Program ended its 2010 season Saturday with a colorful Halloween finale.  The last day marked the end of a special season and featured costumes, candy, and a festive fun-filled soccer game.  All season, the weather was spectacular allowing for eight straight weeks without rain.

Our special needs soccer program provides individual attention to players of various skill levels while emphasizing the fun aspects of soccer.  Volunteers from the Ridgewood High School (RHS) Girls Varsity soccer team serve as instructors and mentors for the players.

A core group of high school volunteers completed four years with the program.  The season also featured appearances by the RHS JV and Freshman Girls teams, covering for their Varsity teammates during two game weeks.  And former RHS standout and college soccer player Jackie Hurley returned to the program as a volunteer leader.

But the real treat this season was the very enthusiastic and happy group of young players who turned out for the weekly clinics.  Parents, coaches and volunteers watched as the players gained confidence, improved their soccer skills, and enjoyed playing soccer games under sunny skies in Ridgewood.

The traditional award ceremony ended with smiles, snacks, and (sadly) farewells to a dedicated and caring group of RHS senior volunteers.  Best wishes and thanks went to seniors Julie Campbell, Katie Garbarini, Tara Porfido, Liz DePlautt, Christine Reynolds, Allie Zoll, Kate McBrearty, Sammy Giordano, Clare Keating, and to all of the RHS volunteers for sharing their joy and making soccer such a special experience for the players this year.  Keep up the good works girls!

The award ceremony was summed up perfectly by five year old Jacob, trophy in hand, who exclaimed, “It’s my first trophy!”  The end of a special season indeed!