Thank You for A Great Fall Season
We enjoyed a wonderful fall season. We had 60 athletes participate and a great goup of volunteers and family members; all working together to make the season a success. TOPS families and athletes participated in an end of the seson Halloween party (great costumes and losts of fun for all) and a family bowling night at Southland Bowling Lanes.
We would also like to thank several groups that help to make TOPS possible. We could not have our organization without our volunteers and sponsors/donors to TOPS.
Southland Bowling - For helping us with a great rate and getting the pizza and drinks ready and delivered quickly.
Raising Cane's - For providing their delicious chicken and dipping sauce at the end of the season event. They have provided food for the last four years and we really appreciate their help. If you stop in at Cane's say thank you from TOPS.
Rod Hatfield Chevrolet and the Chevy Youth Soccer Program - This is the fifth year they have supported our program with gifts of equipment and a $500 donation. You can still participate in the test drive program until November 30. Thank you Rod Hatfield!
Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation - Once again, one of our past volunteers and their family has allowed us the opportunity to apply for and to receive a generous grant from the Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation. Their funding is one of the main reason we have the TOPS program in Lexington. Many of you may not know but most of what we do is supported by this grant and other donations. We really appreciate the Bruggemann Family for their time as volunteers and for allowing TOPS the opportunity to receive a Murray grant.
Also, we thank everyone that makes our program possible. It is a labor of love for all of us that are involved. It is an honor to get to work with so many great volunteers, athletes and their family members.
Look forward to seeing everone in the spring!
Hutchison and Birdwhistell Receive KYSA Awards
Each year, the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association recognizes those volunteers, coaches, admninistrators and referees who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duties.
This year two TOPS volunteers were recognized. Chris Hutchison was named the Kentucky TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and Jessie Birdwhistell was named the Kentucky Volunteer of the Year. We are really proud of Chris and Jessie and appreciate all they do for TOPS and for the soccer community. Congratulations to both of you!!!!
Here is how KYSA describes those awards:
The TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year must demonstrate patience, understanding, dependability, flexibilty and ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. This person is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-on-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.
The Volunteer of the Year recognizes the soccer volunteer who is a positive role model for the community beyond soccer, yet receives no compensation for the efforts. This person demonstrates a willingness to promote soccer and helps increase the opportunity for others to participate in soccer.
Upcoming Events and Activities
Saturday October 11 Woodford County Special Olympics Regional Tournament -- Blue Thunder Special Olympics Team
Sunday October 12 Chevy Days -- Players are asked to wear their Chevy shirts to practice. For those that did not pick them up on October 5, shirts will be available that day. Also we will do make up photos. Representatives from our local Chevy Sponsor, Rod Hatfield Chevrolet, will be attending practice. Each year we have participated with Chevy and Rod Hatfield. Chevy provides us with equipment, shirts for our players and also donates $500 in support of TOPS. This year we will have a new Chevy automobile at the field. Chevy is also offering us the opportunity to test drive a vehicle. This could provide up to $600 in additional revenue to our program. All test drives must be taken before November 30. Here's how it works:
1. Take a Test Drive at Rod Hatfield Chevrolet.
2. Ask for a test drive validation card.
3. Go to www.experiencechevrolettoday.com to enter the unique validation code on the card.
4. Receive a confirmation email with an additional special offer via email!
Thursday October 16 TOPSoccer Family Bowling at Eastland Bowling Lanes -- Bowling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza, drinks, and dessert will be provided by TOPS. It's a fun night for everyone
Sunday October 19 Practice and games
Sunday October 19 Frankfort Special Olympics Regional Tournament -- Blue Thunder Special Olympics Team
Sunday October 26 End of the Season Event -- Yes, we are having an end of the season party. The party will be at the Henry Clay High School Cafeteria from 1-3 p.m. The event is for families, athletes and volunteers. Details will be distributed at the October 12 practice
Saturday November 1 Special Olympics State Tournament in Union Kentucky -- Blue Thunder Special Olympics Team
Cincinnati Fall Classic Tournament Saturday Sept. 27
We had a wonderful time at the Doug Orcott Memorial Fall Ball Tournament in Mason, Ohio on Saturday, September 27. We had a wonderful turnout of players and their families, and volunteers!
We'd like to thank the TOPS volunteers that made the trip. With four teams playing two games each, they stayed really busy.
A special thank you to Cincinnati TOPSoccer for including us in this fun event. They provide the facility, food and t-shirts for athletes and volunteers, games and activities. I know the players love the bands and the music.
Who knew we had so many good dancers!
Special Olympics Soccer Update
Special Olympics Update -- We have twelve players on our Special Olympics Blue Thunder Team. On September 28 they traveled to the SOKY Cincinnati tournament. Coach Goodwill said they played very well even though they lost both games 3-2. They played good enough for a fourth place finish!
Their next game is on October 11 at the Woodford County Regional.
Go Blue Thunder!!! Special thanks to Coaches Tai, Rachel and Jason!
FALL SPECIAL OLYMPICS INFORMATION
• Tournament Dates
• Athletes must register online at www.soky.org before September 6th.
If anyone interested in playing please let us know as soon as possible rosters must be in by
Team(s) will be coached by Rachel Herrera, Tai Punsuchart, and Jason Goodwill.
If your athlete is 8 years of age or older and would have fun playing against other teams in the
Athlete Medical Special Olympics Kentucky