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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 every fall, Wellesley's soccer fields overflow with thousands of athletes who pass, score, and generally tear up the turf with their breathless exuberance. Understandably, many parents want their children out there too, since they understand that team sports teach valu- able lessons well beyond a really good dribble down field. John and Christine Mizzi, parents of two busy children, Paulie, age 9, and Julia, age 12, had fully expected that their children would be part of a town soccer team. John dutifully signed on as assistant coach for Paulie's team, but it soon became apparent that something wasn't working. Paulie's special needs became an overwhelming barrier to the most important goal: having fun. "He was getting frustrated. His teammates were getting frustrated. You realize it's just not a good fit for your child," reports John. Reluctantly, they withdrew from the soccer team, and Paulie's only extracurricular activity vanished. Fortunately, Paulie didn't have to wait long for another kick at the soccer ball. Soon after his disappointing start, a new program for athletes with special needs came to town: TOPSoccer, and Paulie found a place to fit in. "It's amazing volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy A Team of Their Own TOPSoccer Offers Special Needs Athletes a Place to Fit In A L L I S O N I J A M S S A R G E N T writer good works A R I E L R O O S

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