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OAK CITY SOCCER

Sensory Friendly Soccer

WE PROVIDE YOUTH ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR WITH SENSORY PROCESSING CHALLENGES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY SOCCER WHILE FOSTERING SOCIAL SKILLS AND CREATING AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE IN THE COMMUNITY

 
 
 
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Our Mission

Give children on the autism spectrum, or with sensory processing challenges, the opportunity to learn Soccer in a safe, non-judgmental space where we promote physical activity and movement, teamwork, and personal growth.

Our Impact

Oak City Soccer began in 2016 and since then we’ve connected with over 250 different Players. Some have moved on to traditional Soccer programs and some are still playing with us 3 years later. We strive to give our Players a place where they can be themselves, feel safe, feel heard, and most of all feel empowered - all while learning the fundamentals of Soccer. We want our Players to learn Soccer skills like kicking, dribbling and passing but we also want them to learn teamwork and sportsmanship. We take our time with them as a gift, giving them tools and skills they can use both on the Soccer pitch and off.

3+

YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Oak City Soccer began when Katie Sayre met a local family in the Community having trouble finding a Soccer program that was a fit for their child. They immediately saw a need for a sensory friendly soccer program in the Triangle. Together, they came up with the idea for Oak City Soccer. With hard work, and incredible Volunteer partners, they officially started the program in 2016 and it is now an official non-profit with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

 

300+

volunteer hours worked

We are a Volunteer based non-profit. All of our Coaches, Buddies and Specialists that show up every class are 100% Volunteer. They’re made up of High School Students, Behavioral Therapists, Local Parents, Special Education Teachers, Middle School Students, Local Soccer Club Players, and many more.

 
 

250+

children & Families Impacted

Over our 3 years, we’ve seen over 250 different Players come through our doors. Some are still with us, enjoying the new curriculum and some have moved on to traditional Soccer programs with the skills and confidence they’ve learned in our Program. We hope we continue to meet new Players. Our Players become our Family and we only want this Family to grow!

 

New Players

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Interested in playing with Oak City Soccer or learning more about our program? We hold a New Player Orientation prior to every session. We schedule 30 minute classes in various age groups to asses all Players and determine what class would best suit your child. We hold different skill level classes and we want to make sure your child is in a class where they can have fun, enjoy themselves and learn soccer skills. Sign up for our next New Player Orientation and get to know what we’re all about!

UpcOMING NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION:

Sunday, November 3rd @ SportHQ CARY (107 Edinburgh S Drive, Suite 100A, Cary NC)

2:00 - 2:30pm : AGES 4 - 7

2:30 - 3:00pm : AGES 8 - 14

** Limited spots available, register today! **

 
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Get Involved

Oak City Soccer is a 100% Volunteer led non-profit. Our Volunteers are a crucial part of our program being successful. We offer multiple opportunities for volunteering, to include Coaches, Buddies, and Specialists. All volunteer hours are logged so we can sign any paperwork for clubs or schools to show proof of volunteering.

 

coachES

We are always looking for Volunteers who are interested in Coaching. We ask our Volunteers to start as Assistant Coaches, requiring you to be at all classes at least 4 of the 6 weeks. Our Head Coaching opportunities are only open to those who have been Assistant Coaches for at least 2 seasons.

BUDDIES

Our program is not possible without our Buddie Volunteers. Our Buddies are assigned a Player each week who they will assist through the drills and help explain the class transition. We ask our Buddies to Volunteer for at least a 1 hour class every week during our 6 week sessions. All Buddies need to be at least 10 years old.

SPECIALISTS

Having an experienced Specialist on site during all of our classes ensures that we’re providing a safe and comfortable environment for all our Players. We only require 1 Specialist per class so as our pool of Specialist Volunteers grow, we would ideally have Specialists volunteering 1 - 2 hours per 6 week session.