February 4, 2006
There was nothing but smiles today for a large group of kids at the fdfd Recreation Center. They got together to get involved in "Just for Kicks," a soccer camp that enables kids with disabilities to learn soccer skills.
The organization's founder was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child and wasn't able to participate in athletics growing up, but through this camp, he's able to ensure local kids get a chance to do something he wasn't able to do.
"This is his very first time playing soccer, and he's really excited," said eight-year-old Emily Blow, looking at her brother.
Emily came out to the Just for Kicks soccer camp Saturday to help out her twin brother.
"He was born way early before me and I am just so happy for him to be able to play soccer."
A lot of parents share Emily's enthusiasm. "If you have a child with a disability, this is the place to be," said Dale Floyd.
"Any opportunity you get to have a smile on your children's face, it's great, and today was a great opportunity to do that," said Allan Schuck.
Just for Kicks is a developmental soccer program open to children with disabilities ranging from autism to mental retardation.
"It's just a lot of fun, everybody can participate," said Floyd.
"I want to show the parents and show the kids that they can do things, that we're able to modify different games and activities for them to be successful," said Program Founder Tom Moran.
The measure of success? It's all in the kick and the smile.
"If you're sitting there and your saying, 'well my child can't do that. My child because of their disability, can't kick, can't play in a soccer game, can't be active in the community,' those are the people I want to come to this program," said Moran.
For more information about Just for Kicks, contact the program director at (434) 924-6192.