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July 17, 2013

11th Annual JUSA/Cal SouthTOPSoccer Fest Brings Delight to Players and Volunteers

Placentia, CA (July 17, 2013) - Scores of dedicated Cal South members, families and friends took part in the 11th Annual JUSA/Cal South TOPSoccer Fest on Saturday, July 13 in Placentia. The event was held once again at Wagner Elementary School, popularly known amongst TOPSoccer participants as "Julie's Place."

The JUSA/Cal South TOPSoccer Fest has long proven to be one of the most popular of the many TOPSoccer events co-hosted by Cal South and its Affiliate Member league and clubs each year. For the uninitiated, TOPSoccer is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to help athletes with physical and mental disabilities participate in soccer. Cal South's numerous TOPSoccer programs bring soccer to players who refuse to let their challenges stop them from playing the sport they love. The emphasis of this program is on development, training, and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.

Much of the equipment used and many of the drills and games played in TOPSoccer are designed for the needs of the players, though other standard equipment may also be employed. The newest game added to the Fest this year was a KixKube station, which is a 4-sided goal where the object is to have players move to all sides of the cube to shoot. "This worked well," said Cal South TOPSoccer chair Sandy Castillo, "unless, of course, the smaller kids were involved, where they preferred to just crawl and play inside the goal."

Guests included Cal South board members Sue Abadie, Cindy Quan and Lila Smith. Judi Carmona, a trustee with the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, also took part in the event. Most importantly, volunteers and "buddies" came from all over to help run the event and provide guidance to the players. "The volunteers and buddies who donated their valuable time were just wonderful," said Castillo. "To look out at the players on the field at Wagner Elementary School and see their smiles was a delight, and to hear their laughter was music to my ears."

Cal South TOPSoccer would like to thank JUSA, Coast Soccer League (CSL), Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL), Yorba Linda Water District, Anaheim Hills Rotary Club and Score for their dedication, funding, equipment, food and other services in bringing this event to fruition.

"This event is about fun," added Castillo. "Taking part in these events allows the differences between the players to totally diminish, until all you can see out on the field are athletes and soccer players. And in the end, it is the smiles on the faces of all the participants -- whether players, volunteers, families or friends -- that makes this day special and worthwhile."

To learn more about TOPSoccer, visit