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Melbourne Central Catholic High School

100 East Florida Avenue

Melbourne, FL 32901

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The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development is thrilled to offer once more our Speak Through Sports Soccer Program starting Tuesday February 5th at Melbourne Central Catholic High School! We look forward to gathering many of our current and also new families to explore learning soccer skills and have fun with our friends and Soccer Buddies!

We are excited to expect over 40 children with autism and their siblings! Providing meaningful and positive opportunities for the ASD child and sibling to interact through one of our signature programs is one of our top priorities at The Parker Foundation and we love to see this HOPE ACHIEVED!! Please read below to confirm all information about Speak Through Sports Soccer and reminders!

• Speak Through Sports Soccer Clinics are for children ages 4-14 with ASD and related disabilities and their siblings.

• Our Speak Through Sports Program partners with various organizations to provide opportunities to build self-confidence, improve fine and gross motor skills, as well as learn the basic rules and skills of a variety of sports. These sports also create a great opportunity for social interaction for children with Autism and their families. We love introducing and developing soccer skills in our weekly clinics and encouraging a love of the game! Volunteer peer buddies and extra coaches are all engaged to assist children directly with skills development and nurture a positive, active learning environment.

• LOCATION: Melbourne Central Catholic School (near FIT) 100 East Florida Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901

• PARKING: Plentiful parking at the East Florida Avenue MCC entrance. The soccer field is past the football field and best to park along the fence by the baseball fields.

• CONTACT: Please CALL or TEXT JULIA BARNEY, Director of The Parker Foundation at 321-704-3459 or e-mail at

• DATES: Tuesday Afternoons FEBRUARY 5 / 12 / 19 / 26

• TIME: 4:30-5:30 PM

• WEATHER: Please bundle up – wear long sleeves and layers! If there is rain or other inclement weather
then we will try our utmost to text and e-mail families in advance by 3:00 pm. We also update any changes due to weather on our Facebook Page. Please LIKE and FOLOW our Facebook Page to receive timely updates!

• SHIRTS: Children are welcome to wear any Parker Foundation, Speak Through Sports or Team Dragon Bolts (Soccer) shirts at any of our sessions!

• Parents must stay on site during clinics and shadows welcome! We will finish with a few minutes of scrimmage and then a celebratory snack and water after every clinic!

• Soccer cleats, shin guards and a practice ball (size 3, 4 or 5) are WELCOME but not required. This is a fully sponsored Speak Through Sports Program and all team equipment is provided.

• Coaches this year are: Coach Missy (The Parker Foundation Co-Founder Melissa Parker) and Coach Julia (The Parker Foundation Director). We love our work and we both love playing and coaching soccer! We gather Soccer
Buddies from several local high school soccer teams and have guidance from local league team coaching staff.

Thanks again for your invovement and we can't wait to see you on the soccer field!

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Melbourne Central Catholic High School

100 East Florida Avenue

Melbourne, FL 32901

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