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SOCCER CLINIC BREAKS BARRIERS

Paralympian Shea Hammond leads a drill at a soccer camp for kids with cerebral palsy. Photo courtesy of Duncan King

 A soccer clinic designed for kids with cerebral palsy was held on May 29 at Tamalpais High School. Josh King, a sophomore at Tam, founded CP Soccer Northern California and headed up the event. 

   CP Soccer was established in New York in 2017 by King’s aunt and uncle to give their son Levi, who has cerebral palsy, the opportunity to learn competitive soccer skills. Its goal is to build a nationwide soccer league, complete with clinics, camps and tournaments for kids who are affected by cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

  “Sports have always been a big part of my life. To see my cousin be able to continue to play competitive soccer despite his physical disability is a huge inspiration to me.  I wanted to bring that opportunity to kids with CP in the Bay Area,” King said. 

     Shea Hammond, a sophomore at Clemson University and member of the US National Paralympic team, assisted at the clinic and shared the unique but not insurmountable challenges of playing soccer with CP. 
  “Nothing makes me happier than seeing kids with CP smile while playing soccer. Giving athletes with CP the opportunity to play soccer is tremendously rewarding,” he said.

   A typical clinic includes drills, games and a scrimmage.  For more information, visit cpsoccer.us/norcal.

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