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

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

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

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

Developing Character

“During our Fall 2014 Season, I had the opportunity to coach three sessions at a park program. My third session of the evening was a Premier group. This particular group was a lot of fun to coach and the progress from week one to the final session was the best I had ever seen. The highlight of the season came during the final session. As I was cleaning up from my previous session and getting ready for the last group, a five-year-old child named Jack came up to me. In his hands were two wooden trucks he had hand painted, along with his favorite book. Jack told me, “here coach Steve, I painted these for you and want to share my toys with you!” As I talked with Jack and his mother, trying to tell him he would miss his toys and that he should keep them, his mom told me that this was completely unprompted by her and that Jack came up with this idea after we had talked about sharing in a previous session.

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The fact that Jack was impacted so much by a character word that he applied it several weeks later made such an impression on me. It’s amazing how much influence a coach can have on children through the game of soccer. My hope is that Jack (and every other Soccer Shots child) continues to use the lessons learned to positively impact their schools and communities as they grow up.”

– Steve F., Coach, Soccer Shots Harrisburg

We often can’t get her to even tell us about her day at daycare, but she was very willing to tell us and show us what Coach Lisa taught her in Soccer Shots.

— Jeff W., Parent

His behavior has changed positively & it feels great to know I had an influence helping him make friends, learn new things, & become a better person.

— Mike H., Coach, Soccer Shots DC/MD/VA

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my child’s life; it really is a blessing to have great organizations like Soccer Shots to encourage our youth!

— Jessica M., Parent

My daughter has major social anxiety and is selectively mute, but she LOVES it. I can’t believe it. She is terrified of group activities, but somehow your instructors made her comfortable and she can’t wait to go to class.

— Niki B., Parent

Send us your Story of Impact

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