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"It's one of the best, most impactful pro- grams WUSC supports," says board president David Shultz. "It's such a unique youth sports environment where everyone truly wins. Every person associated with TOPSoccer — the players, their families, the high school volunteers — gets something positive out of the experience." To the parents of the children who partici- pate in TOPSoccer, it is nothing short of a miracle. "I was so thrilled because typical soccer didn't work for her," says Teri Adler of her 13-year-old daughter. "The resources are so limited for special needs kids in terms of extra-curricular activities in Wellesley, and that is really hard." TOPSoccer has evolved from that first chaotic practice to become a highly structured program that anticipates potential obstacles for success while maxi- mizing opportunities for fun, socialization, and, yes, even soccer skills. After Lorna Hayward's son, Andrew, was a volunteer in the nascent period of the pro- gram, Hayward, an Associate Professor at Northeastern University's Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehab Sciences, quickly saw that the program had some gaps that only a qualified professional could fill. She says, "It was hard in the begin- ning. The boys were very well-intentioned, but it was clear that the program needed more oversight around issues of promotion of gross motor skills as well as attention and focus issues. In short, what was really needed 153 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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