One of the most significant was the impressive development of empathy we watched our typical kids experience. Still we wanted more.
We decided to start personally coaching the typical kids in our program to become excellent soccer players. Our goals were to see them play for their high school teams and beyond. One of the highlights of our program was watching the early morning games between adults and teenagers before the other kids arrived.
If there is a “secret sauce” that makes E-Soccer a magnet for typical kids, it is the benefit to their own athletic progress. The result from our initial group of kids was that we saw a number of them play sports in high school. Most importantly, their influence as athletes allowed them to become life-long protectors, championing their special needs peers from E-Soccer.