Nashville Soccer Club, Tennessee Soccer Club and Special Olympics Tennessee are
working together to bring the first soccer program for Special Olympics athlete to Middle Tennessee. This inaugural soccer program is led by local Tennessee Soccer Club coaches and players.
Nashville’s newest professional team, the Nashville Soccer Club, will have players guest coach at two Special Olympics Soccer training sessions on April 16th and April 30th. Players Taylor Washington and Darnell King will visit April 16th’s training session to share tips with over 30 local players, ages 8 to 35.
Taylor Johnson, Tennessee Soccer Club’s Director of Marketing & Development shared “We are thrilled to partner with Special Olympics Tennessee to host a new program for their athletes this spring.” This program has been three years in the making with Tennessee Soccer Club raising funds to support Special Olympics. Johnson adds,
“Over the winter we began discussing bringing a soccer program back to Tennessee and we all agreed it needed to happen.” A five-week training program was created with support from Tennessee Soccer Club Coaches and players during the month of April. Johnson shares, “We are hopeful these joint efforts will grow and eventually allow for a state
tournament, similar to the model Special Olympics Tennessee uses with other sports.”
Special Olympics Tennessee’s President, Adam Germek, shares “The partnership with Tennessee Soccer Club has created new opportunities for our athletes that would not be possible without the support from their coaches, players and administration. The greatest part of this partnership is seeing Tennessee Soccer Club players and coaches from
all age groups embrace our athletes and share their talents and time to teach our players. We are thankful for this incredible support and look forward to seeing this program grow.”
Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC’s Mission is “to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities.”
Special Olympics Tennessee provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic- type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.