Stories of Impact

Every day, we hear stories from parents and coaches telling us how Soccer Shots has impacted children’s lives. Please read some of our Stories of Impact, and use the form below to tell us your Soccer Shots story.

Care, Respect and Honor Children

story-photo“Not a day goes by that I’m not proud of this kid. He just finished another season of Soccer Shots, which is a soccer program designed for a range of ages. But what strikes me about the program is how much love is translated into helping each child grow, explore and enjoy each and every activity. Our coaches, Matthew and Justin, not only take care to be supportive of the needs of each child but also adjust the activities based on their interests- captivating them and helping them flourish so beautifully. My son looks forward to every Monday and practices his skills during the week. He has been able to learn within a social environment, but still keep a sense of himself. We have been so blessed to have him in their care these past few seasons with gentlemen who have a true understanding of what it means to care, respect and honor children. See you guys next session.”

– Leilani H., Parent, Los Angeles, CA

My daughter came home so excited to show us all the new things she learned at soccer class, her coordination improved considerably and her happy face is priceless.

— Claudia D., Parent, Central Suffolk County, NY

Improved Gross Motor Skills

“Just wanted to drop a note and thank you for having Soccer Shots at Lakeside this spring. My daughter has well developed fine motor skills. However, her gross motor skills are not where they should be. She is very timid about her body and doesn’t even like to jump with both feet off the floor. While we (my husband and myself) are pretty sure why her gross motor skills are so lacking, we are having her tested to confirm.

Meanwhile, we have seen a great advancement in her running, balance and overall physical confidence (she now will join in roughhousing with her cousins), since participating in Soccer Shots! It gives us some measure of hope that she will be able to overcome her issues. So again, thank you!”

– Beverly W., Parent, Lancaster, PA

My daughter raves about going every week, she loves it.

— Ryan R., Parent, Central Suffolk County, NY

A Piece of “Home”

“Our family recently moved from Texas to the California East Bay Area. Moves like this can be really hard on kids, but we were surprised to find a piece of “home” when we got here.

My daughter attended Soccer Shots at her school in Texas and she absolutely loved it. Imagine our surprise when we found Soccer Shots at the school in our new home town!

We got in touch with the local owners and they were able to get my daughter into a class right away. She got to go to soccer on her first day of school! I know the familiarity with the program helped her to adjust and make new friends. She even wore her Soccer Shots jersey that she got in Texas!

Thank you so much for welcoming us to California. Your program means the world to me!”

– Parent, Contra Costa County, CA

pathway into sports

As you know, this spring my son participated in Soccer Shots at Shadyside Academy. When we signed him up for your program, he had almost no experience (or interest) in the sport. However, he willingly started your program and over the last few months has grown to enjoy the sport.

Since starting, he has become an avid player of soccer. He comes home after school and kicks the ball in the backyard with his brother and me. Also, he describes his time in the program affectionately. Clearly, his interest and his skills have blossomed.

As a former collegiate (and now “adult”) athlete, thank you for providing a pathway into sports for my son. I feel he is a kinesthetic learner and one who has a great deal of energy. Soccer appears to be one way to express his physical abilities.

– Brian H., Parent, Pittsburgh, PA

The coaches are amazing!! My grandchildren love the program!

— Jean S., Central Suffolk County, NY

Reaching and Connecting With Children

“The first time attending a Soccer Shots class can be a little intimidating for any child, and for this particular little girl, it seemed to be overwhelming. At the first Soccer Shots class, the teacher informed me that she would not be likely to participate. After hearing this, I made a personal goal for myself that I would attempt to reach her even if just for a moment of the class.

During the first class I made effort to connect with her and place the ball at her feet so she could join if she felt comfortable. When it was time to score a goal, the class was so excited and she really wanted to participate. She stood by the goal and kicked the ball back out for each child. Then it was her turn. The class clapped and cheered as she kicked the ball into the net. It was a great achievement for the day, but the smile and high five that followed brought an even bigger joy.

After the class the teacher was very impressed and thought it was amazing that she participated and enjoyed the class. It was great to hear this feedback, but this class was just the start and I had a strong motivation to make Soccer Shots a fulfilling experience for this little girl.”

– Soccer Shots Coach

A Sense of Compassion

“As a mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Soccer Shots not only brought physical activity to our family but a sense of compassion, team work, and responsibility, all which are core values we are working towards instilling in our children. I was very proud of my little player and his coach every week when I watched from the sideline.”

– Gina F., Parent, State College, PA

Send us your Story of Impact

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