Sports program puts “typical” kids and kids with special needs on the same team

by Brian McMillan
esoccer GUAM
DEDEDO, GUAM (May 5, 2017) – Season 2 for E-Soccer, Guam’s only sports program offering a one-team environment for “typical” kids and kids with special needs, will close with a     bang tomorrow, Saturday, May 6th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Media are invited to cover the festivities at the Dededo Sports Complex soccer field.
This Saturday, ten teams totaling about sixty-five players ages 4 to 18 years, along with over thirty coaches and junior coaches, will scrimmage one last time as Season 2 of E-Soccer comes to a close.  For the past 9 weeks (with one week missed because of rain, they’ve met every Saturday to play a rare kind of soccer: where kids of all abilities and disabilities play together in a supportive environment that invites everyone to experience self-worth and friendship.
Media are urged to be there for the final team huddle, player medals, photo opps, post-game refreshments and fun.  Get firsthand impressions from players, parents, coaches and junior coaches.  And talk with E-soccer coordinators about how the organization is working with other community-based organizations and events to create a more inclusive society.  The group recently participated in Autism Awareness Month, joining the educational fair and 5K run.
“E-soccer is about inclusion and diversity in the service of raising children to value empathy, compassion, leadership and selfless service while building relationships and self-confidence,” said Brian McMillan who, along with his wife Rhodora Silvestre McMillan, is spearheading E-Soccer on Guam.  “Our coaches and junior coaches, coordinators and sponsors feel privileged to be filling a real need in the community.” 
E-Soccer’s Spring 2017 season is supported by generous donations from these community-minded sponsors:  Coast 360, Wendy’s, C2 Social, Calvo's Insurance, Cost u Less, DcSigns, Department of Parks & Recreation, Guahan Insurance, One-Stop Auto Care & Tire Outlet, and Tan Holdings.

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