Blue Thunder B Team Wins Gold at State
Three Special Olympics soccer teams -- one each from Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky -- captured state championships on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the 2011 Special Olympics Kentucky State Soccer Tournament.
Held at Central Park in Florence in Northern Kentucky, the State Soccer Tournament was making it's solo debut after being a part of the annual State Summer Games in Richmond since the sports was made a part of the Special Olympics program. And in that first year, the Tournament produced some of the closest competition in Special Olympics Kentucky History.
Local Couple Win Car in Chevy Youth Soccer Raffle
LYSA TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) received a Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program sponsorship in 2010 and in 2011. The national program is administered locally by Lexington’s Rod Hatfield Chevrolet on New Cirle Road.
“Rod Hatfield Chevrolet is proud to help athletes in our community by donating equipment and giving them the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for their league. We are excited to be part of the effort and anticipate a fun-filled season with LYSA TOPSoccer!”
TOPSoccer Awarded Murray Foundation Grants
LYSA TOPSoccer is the recipient of four grants from the Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation. The Foundation’s primary mission is to provide funding “for the care, training and education of people with disabilities and those who will provide education and training for people with disabilities.”
Megan, Ryan, and Shannon Bruggeman, descendants of the Murray family nominated the league for consideration of the grants. Ryan and Shannon have both been TOPS volunteers. There support helps us to sponsor players, purchase equipment for our athletes, uniforms and participate in Special Olympics tournaments and Blue Grass State Games.
“We feel fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated volunteers as Ryan and Shannon and such good friends as the Bruggemann family,” said Jessie Birdwhistell, LYSA TOPSoccer league director. “We would like to sincerely thank the Murray Foundation for their contribution and support of LYSA TOPSoccer.”
The Xi Alpha Theta Chapter of Kentucky’s Beta Sigma Phi Sorority selected LYSA TOPSoccer as the recipient of the money the members raised from their recent ways and means projects. Their 2011 Convention was held in Frankfort in June. Their service project this year focused on Autism Spectrum Disorder. During the convention, Amy Cooper-Puckett spoke on the programs available from the State and both she and Heidi Banks, the parent of a child with autism, were available to respond to questions from the audience. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women's friendship network. It also provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others.