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odd man out, so while this totally benefits the kids, it also really benefits the parents too." Parents report that a subtle but powerful mes- sage is sent through TOPSoccer. It reminds par- ticipants that everyone has something to offer a team no matter what their skill level. Johnson says, "For years, we had separate uniforms, but this year, Wellesley United Soccer provided our team with the same jersey as the soccer players in town. It is a small gesture that means a lot." The Mizzis report that Paulie wore his soccer jersey as his Halloween uniform this year. "He feels like he is part of any team in town and he is. It's nice for him to be able to talk about soccer at lunch," says Christine Mizzi. And sometimes it's just good to be part of something fun. "My daughter loves being outside, she loves soccer, she loves her buddies who donate their time each week. She loves being with her friends," says Adler. "She doesn't have to keep up with her typical peers. She can go at her own speed and shine." Bottom line, this is a great opportunity for many. good works "it's just good to be part of something fun" 156 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 FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/TOPSoccer/ Great News TOPSoccer is going to have to get a name change. This coming winter it will be offering a six-week basketball pro- gram. The funding is made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from the Fund for Wellesley. (Other uses for the funds will be for Applied Behavior Analysis training for volunteers.) Both volunteers and ath- letes are excited. "I was giddy when I heard about it," says Teri Adler, whose daughter participates in TOPSoccer. A R I E L R O O S

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