GIVING OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL WHO LOVE SOCCER
GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All who Love Soccer) is a non-profit unified soccer program for youth with and without special needs in Phoenix, Arizona. GOALS partners youth athletes who have intellectual disabilities with neurotypical peer buddies. The athletes and buddies play together, as unified pairs, in small-sided, non-competitive scrimmages twice each month.
Josh created GOALS in February of 2015, inspired by the experiences of one of his teammates's brothers, who had Down Syndrome. Because of his intellectual disability, there was no room for him on the team, or anywhere else. GOALS breaks down the barriers that separate kids with special needs from their neurotypical peers, creating intentional connections that allow true friendships to develop. For many kids, GOALS is the first time they experience genuine acceptance.
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