TOPSoccer Looking Forward to Spring

The team, coaches, and volunteers pose at the last game of 2012.
The team, coaches, and volunteers pose at the last game of 2012.

TOPSoccer held their final game of the season at Maplewood Intermediate School, and the morning was special in many ways. For those who don’t know about this wonderful team, they are part of the St. Elizabeth CYO Soccer Club, and TOPSoccer is a program designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or mental disabilities. 

Hurricane Sandy got in the way of their scheduled final game, but once things settled down, a perfect Saturday morning had parents, student volunteers, coaches, and players enjoying what has become an increasingly popular team. One of the special parts of this particular Saturday was the awards ceremony, emceed by Coach Ed. To the delight of his audience, Coach Ed Nitkewicz launched into a monologue that had everyone smiling from the inside out and his special players basking in the spotlight. 

This year the team will see Ms. Patti Wendell retire from her TOPSoccer coordinator position, but she will continue to coach next spring. Ms. Christy Gudaitis will take over in the spring as the team’s coordinator. TOPSoccer always makes room for more players, so if you think your child would enjoy the camaraderie and fun of this heartwarming program, consider this your invitation to TOPSoccer.

For anyone who would like more information or to help out with the team they should contact Christy Gudaitis at




TOPSoccer (The Outreach program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs. 

The TOPSoccer program is designed and administered by US Youth Soccer, and its volunteer TOPSoccer committee provides meaningful learning, developmental, and physical participation opportunities to these young athletes through the game of soccer. 

TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, designed to provide opportunities for special-needs children ages 4-19. It provides a very affordable opportunity for fitness, fun, and building self-esteem.

• Modifications are made to the game to allow full participation and enjoyment to each child.

• One-on-one assistance is available to those who need it.

•It offers a recreational, leisure approach to the game of soccer.

• TOPSoccer is coordinated through your local soccer community organization.