Want to help us create a more inclusive community through unified soccer? Consider volunteering with GOALS! Our events could not succeed without volunteers — you don't even have to play on the soccer field. We often need help with registration, photography, and planning. The day is fun and fulfilling, and no special skills are required!
Have a special talent that you'd like to contribute to GOALS? Or maybe an idea you'd like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form, and we will reach out as soon as possible.
Maya Handelman, Team Leader
Claire Novak, Program Director
Josh Kaplan is a current sophomore and Woodruff Scholar at Emory University. He created GOALS in 2015 with the mission of leveraging inclusion through sports. Josh currently serves as a Global Youth Ambassador for Special Olympics, and on the Advisory Board for Youth Service America. Most notably, he was honored as a Bryan Cameron Impact Scholar, a Hasbro Community Action Hero, and one of Ashoka's top ten changemakers in the United States.
Aside from his passion for soccer, Josh holds a patent for a Braille-enabled smartphone keyboard and is a competitive whistler.
Karlie Flader is a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts. She has been volunteering with GOALS since 2015 and is very excited to be taking on the role of a Team Leader for the upcoming season. She enjoys working with kids and helping them to achieve both their academic and extracurricular goals.
Outside of GOALS, Karlie plays percussion and practices aerial arts. She also volunteers at the Science Center, and tutors underprivileged kids at the St. Vincent de Paul Dream Center.
Karlie Flader, Team Leader
Maggie Votruba, Team Leader
Riley Novak is a sophomore and attends Arizona School for the Arts and has been involved with GOALS since 2015. She loves to play soccer as well as interact and bond with kids of all ages. After becoming a team leader in 2017, she is so thrilled to take on the role of Program Director in the upcoming season. Outside of school, Riley spends time volunteering with the Welcome to America Project and advocating for arts funding in the annual budget.
At school, in addition to being on Mock Trial and yearbook, Riley is very involved in the performing arts, playing the french horn, piano, and singing in the choir.
Are you interested in building your resume? Are you looking for more involvement than being a volunteer? GOALS actively seeks high school and college students to assist our team with various projects.
If you are interested in joining our team, we have opportunities for positions in Fundraising & Corporate Sponsorships, Marketing & Social Media, and many others. Please submit a resume to email@example.com, including the position of interest in the subject and a brief description of why you would like to join our team. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Maggie Votruba is a sophomore at North Canyon High School, where she is a part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. She also participates in cross country, soccer, track and field, and her school’s social justice club. Maggie has been volunteering with GOALS since 2016, and she enjoys watching all the participants get to know each other and have a good time at the events. Maggie is especially excited to be a Team Leader this year.
Claire Novak is a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts. She has been volunteering with GOALS since fall of 2015, and after being a Team Leader in the 2017-18 season, Claire is excited to share the role of Program Director with her twin sister, Riley. Claire loves playing soccer, but more importantly, she loves interacting with all of the kids, both athletes and buddies, involved in GOALS. Outside of GOALS, Claire enjoys playing alto saxophone, flute, and piano as well as participating in her school’s choir. She also enjoys volunteering at the Welcome to America Project, an organization that helps welcome refugees to the United States, and she serves as an active member of the AZ Science Center Teen Board.
Riley Novak, Program Director
Maya Handelman is a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts, where she is an active member of Yearbook, Model United Nations, and the Student Ambassadors Program. She has been volunteering with GOALS since 2016. She enjoys playing soccer and loves meeting, playing and making friends with other volunteers and athletes. Besides GOALS, Maya loves to spend her time with friends and family, reading, dancing, playing guitar and piano, and giving piano lessons to younger students.
She is excited to take on the new role of Team Leader for this next season!
Josh Kaplan, Founder and President