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“Our son loves playing soccer…he is always excited for practice and games. Special kids like him need an opportunity to share that they are capable
of being part of society and having athletic opportunities is a key part.
A healthy body is needed by all and certainly playing soccer gives him a great way to improve his health.
He always comes home hot and sweaty from practice”

-Parents of a 18-year-old player with Down syndrome 
  • What is TOPSoccer?  
    The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community-based program affiliated nationally with US Youth Soccer and locally with Lexington Youth Soccer Association that is designed to meet the needs of athletes with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities.  Our goal is to provide a safe, fun and exciting atmosphere where athletes can learn and play this extraordinary game.
  • Who is eligible to play in the TOPSoccer league?  
    Individuals with disabilities aged 4+. Disabilities might include:    ADD/ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Down syndrome; Learning Disability; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Developmental Delay; Vision or hearing impaired; Muscular Dystrophy; Cerebral Palsy 
  • What does the TOPS program in Lexington look like?
    We usually a minimum of 50 athletes participate each season, ages 4 and older with a wide range of disabilities spread across different teams. Our team name is Blue Thunder.  We have no paid staff and rely entirely on volunteers. Our volunteers serve as coaches, buddies, or on committees that assist us with fundraising, advertising, planning, or special events.  Our league is made possible because of the generous support of many community donors that include The Jerome S. and Grace H. Murry Foundation, Children's Chaity of the Bluegrass, and Rod Hatfield Chevrolet/Chevy.  I complete list of donors is included on the Webpage.
  • When does TOPS practice?  TOPS holds a fall and a spring season.  Please check the Schedule section for dates.  If you have registration questions, please e-mail LYSA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 859-223-5632.  Practice is held every Sunday for one hour.  We do not practice on Labor Day or Memorial Day Weekend oe Easter.

       You can access the on-line registration system Online Registration. 

  • Where does TOPS practice?  In the fall we use field #3 (nearest the concession stand) at Masterson Station Park.  (http://www.lysa.org/images/Masterson%20Station.pdf). Other outdoor locations (i.e. Henry Clay High School, Kentucky Farm Bureau Field) and Kentucky Indoor may be utilized in the future as the league continues to grow or if we cannot use Masterson because of tournaments. In the Spring we will have a six week indoor schedule at Kentucky Indoor Soccer and Sports at 404 Sporting Court in Lexington.

  • What type of volunteers do we need?
    Volunteer positions include coaches, buddies, and committee members that focus on publicity, fund raising, planning, and organization of the league.  A volunteer can be a caregiver, aide, family member, same-age peer, high school student, or a soccer player.
  • Where can I get information on how to volunteer?         
    To sign up as a buddy, coach or committee volunteer on-line go to: Volunteer On-Line Registration or call  Janice Birdwhistell at 859-229-7670 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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