The LA Galaxy announced the search is on for the next 20 athletes to become members of the 2020 Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Unified Team. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, March 29, at Dignity Health Sports Park, beginning at 12:00 P.M PT.
Joining forces with the SOSC Unified Soccer Team Exchange program, the LA Galaxy are seeking individuals with and without intellectual disabilities, between the ages of 16-25, for the opportunity to participate in various trainings, competitions and social experiences.
This coed Special Olympics team will consist of players chosen based on 3 key factors: (1) players ability to work well with others and value teammates of all abilities, (2) a high level of commitment to the Play United experience and to their fellow teammates, and finally (3) their understanding of the game and rules of soccer. The LA Galaxy SOSC team is scheduled to 3 or 4 matches this season against other MLS-affiliated Special Olympics Unified Soccer teams from other states. These exciting matchups include hosting Atlanta United’s Special Olympics Unified team as well as the unique opportunity to travel to play against Chicago Fire Special Olympics Unified team.
After team selection, chosen players will be required to officially register as a Special Olympics athlete or a Special Olympics Unified Partner with all players required to attend and participate in all team activities: practices, games and social events on match weekends. Additionally, players must provide their own transportation to all team activities as well as soccer equipment (soccer cleats and shin guards).
Unified Sports bring people with and without disabilities together to form lifelong bonds by competing, learning and growing as equals. By promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports dismantles stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in an innovative way. Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
The March 29th tryout will take place on Field #7 at Dignity Health Sports Park. Please enter through Gate A, off Avalon Blvd.
- Tryout Participants
- LA Galaxy Staff
- Special Olympics Southern California Staff
- LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team Tryouts
- Sunday, March 29th
- 12:00 – 1:00 P.M Player Check in and Stretch
- 1:00 – 5:30 P.M Tryouts followed by a Q &A for parents
- Dignity Health Sports Park- Field 7, 18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA. 90746
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