RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, February 25, 2021) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to host a CP Soccer Clinic this Sunday, February 28 with special guest Shea Hammond, U.S. Paralympic National Team player. The clinic will be held at Own Touch Central, 1:00-3:00 p.m., in partnership with FutsalRVA and is free to youth ages 5 through high school with ambulatory cerebral palsy, stroke, hemiplegia, or traumatic brain injury. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Shea Hammond’s caliber, who competes at the highest level and represents Team USA, attend our CP Soccer clinic this weekend,“ commented Forrest Lodge, Sportable Program Manager. “It is an incredible opportunity for our youth athletes to be introduced to a role model in the sport. We are looking forward to kicking off our upcoming spring season with this once-in-a-lifetime event!“
Hammond, an 18-year old native of Montclair, NJ, became the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic National Team at age 16 and made his international debut at the World Championships in 2019. He currently attends Clemson University as a student athlete in the Clemson University Paralympic Soccer Program, a one-of-a-kind program that allows elite players to train in a 7v7 small-sided format while working toward their university degrees. Hammond and his family founded CP Soccer US, a non-profit organization committed to building a nationwide soccer league for kids who are affected by cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Hammond will lead Sunday‘s CP Soccer Clinic in Richmond, which will focus on introducing skills, socially-distanced drills, small-sided activities, and most importantly, fun. To qualify, players must have a diagnosis which affects motor coordination, yet still enables them to run and kick a ball without an assistive device.
The following week, Sportable will kick off an eight-week CP Soccer spring season on Sunday, March 7. CP Soccer is open to players of all levels, no previous experience necessary. Sessions will be led by expert coaches, including former U.S. Paralympic National Team player, Nick Creasey, and USSF A Licensed Soccer Director, Joe Farrell.
The goal of the CP Soccer Program is to introduce youth in Virginia to the benefits of playing soccer, while decreasing social isolation and learning new skills in a socially-distanced, small-group setting. Sportable, FutsalRVA, Own Touch Central and community partners will provide qualified volunteers to assist with the program, while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols.
“We could not be more excited about the partnership between Sportable and CP Soccer and the opportunities it creates for soccer players in the area,“ added Gretchen Marr, Sportable Parent. “At their first-ever clinic in Virginia last fall, our son, Garrett couldn’t wait to get out there and kick the ball around, learn more about the game of soccer, meet some new friends, and participate in drills with a former National Team athlete. The volunteers and program directors are amazing and we are grateful for all that they have done to make this partnership possible. We look forward to seeing what the future holds.“
Only registered players and volunteers are allowed to attend and spectators will not be permitted per COVID protocols. To learn more about the CP Soccer Program, visit Sportable.org, or contact Forrest Lodge, Sportable Program Manager, at email@example.com.
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. To learn more, visit Sportable.org.
About CP Soccer
CP Soccer’s mission is to build a nationwide soccer league for kids who are affected by cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury. Currently, there is a clear path in the US for able-bodied kids to play soccer throughout their youth and up to the highest levels, culminating in the Olympics. For people with developmental disabilities, there are paths to the Special Olympics. Para-7-A-Side Soccer is the highest level of play for people with physical disabilities, who are otherwise developmentally able. To qualify for Para-7-A-Side Soccer, players must have some sort of brain injury – cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury. While there are national feeder systems for Olympic Soccer and Special Olympic Soccer, there has been no national program for kids who would qualify for the Para-7-A-Side, until now. Learn more at cpsoccer.us.
Since its beginning in 2007, FutsalRVA, founded by Greg Simmonds and Joe Farrell, has been one of the largest and progressive youth futsal organizations in the United States. In 2019, the FutsalRVA Winter league had over 210 teams with over 2000 players participating, making it one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the country. FutsalRVA specializes in the promotion and education of the sport of Futsal through training programs and the organization of leagues and tournaments at a time when the game is starting to gain recognition as important to the development of the soccer player in the United States. FutsalRVA is an inclusive community, accessible to all, bonded by the love of the game. For futsal fans everywhere. Learn more at FutsalRVA.com.
About Own Touch Central
The mission at Own Touch is to create an atmosphere where soccer players are transformed into technically proficient, skillfully advanced, passionate and confident athletes. Own Touch fosters a learning environment that challenges players to perform, yet embraces mistakes, which is a natural and necessary part of development. The programs reflect our philosophy of growing the love of the beautiful game from the inside out, as a family. Learn more at OwnTouchCentral.com.