THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead Express Soccer Club has teamed up with Autism Ontario for the 2012/13 Indoor Recreational Soccer season. The program allows families a chance to build a stronger relationship with their children and gives the kids a chance to play and make new friends with their peers in an organized soccer league. The main focus of this partnership is for children with Autism to learn soccer skills, make new friends and build up their self esteem, under the leadership of committed and skilled volunteers.
A total of 21 players will be playing from October to March with the goal being to introduce children with Autism to the basics of soccer including the rules and how to score goals, all with the support and help of their families.
“We are very excited to partner with Autism Ontario so that kids with autism have the chance to learn soccer skills in a safe and supportive environment amongst their peers and families”, says Amy Rubino-Start, president of the Lakehead Express Board of Directors.
According to the Autism Ontario website, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities and impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.
“Autism Ontario is happy to support this endeavor with Thunder Bay’s Lakehead Express SC”, says Jenne Wilson, Community Events Coordinator with Autism Ontario. “We pride ourselves on our vision to ensure acceptance and opportunities for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and this program fits perfectly.”
The season kicked off on Saturday October 20th at 9:00 am at the Sports Dome.