FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/23: New Unified Sports Program, Shannon Cooke’s Long Range Goal, and Gifts for Soccer Fans!

Today we’re looking at a unified sports program from youth soccer and special olympics, a crazy long range goal highlight from LSU, and best christmas gifts for players!

It’s Friday! If you are going shopping today, stay safe and we hope you find some great deals this Black Friday. Here are the stories from our newsroom!

1. Holden Youth Soccer and special Olympics integrate unified sports into one HYS program (The Landmark)

Special Olympics Massachusetts and Holden Youth soccer are creating a Unified Sports team.

“In Unified Sports, teams are composed of teammates with and without intellectual disabilities in order to create friendships and promote social inclusion through sport.”

It’s great to see grassroots soccer movements across the nation reach out and create opportunities for youth who wouldn’t otherwise have accessible options for activities. Jon-Paul St. Germain, President of Holden Youth Soccer and Senior Director of Unified Sports for Special Olympics International says:

“[He’s] glad to be in a position to ensure our community youth sports organization is integrating an inclusive soccer program that benefits individuals with and without an intellectual disability.”

The organization has the goal of expanding the size and radius of these events and to further their outreach.

What are ways in which you can create a positive impact in your community via youth soccer?

2. Shannon Cooke of LSU scores a goal from long range against Arkansas (SEC Network)

It seems like Shannon Cooke was the most shocked of everyone. This strike tied the game at 1 a piece.

3. Best soccer Christmas gifts for young players and fans (The 18)

It’s holiday season! Here are some great gift ideas for people who love soccer.

A great gift idea would be the Tangle Creations Night Soccer Ball. It a regulation size ball that glows in the dark so it great for all the times you play at night and find it hard to track the ball.

Make sure to check out the entire list, it’s packed with great gift giving options.

What are some gifts a soccer loving child would enjoy?