Wilmington Youth Soccer Association supports the local Wilmington TOPS soccer organization. TOPSoccer is an Outreach Program for Soccer with community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The TOPSoccer program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a mental or physical disability.
TOPSoccer was formed to support the United States Youth Soccer Association mission statement as it is applied to disabled young athletes. In part, that mission statement dictates that we all work “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.”
Wilmington Youth Soccer has worked to provide varying resources to make TOPS successful, including the use of WYSA fields, facilities, and equipment. TOPSoccer programs may differ at the local level from one community to the next, and its development is structured to the specific participants. Modifications are made to the game and training environment to allow full participation and enjoyment to each child that participates.
In Wilmington, BeyondTOPS is the 501c3 non profit organization whose sole purpose is to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports.
BeyondTOPS strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make the community and those around us stronger.
For more information on BeyondTOPS and TOPSoccer, see the following: