NOKC Begins Kickstart Program

If you look closely at the emblem for the Kickstart Soccer League Oklahoma City, you will see a white soccer ball with a black puzzle piece on it. The puzzle piece represents children with autism who also can learn to play soccer.
The fourth Kickstart season and third one at NOKC Soccer Club is coming up at Field D of the club in northwest Oklahoma City, 11901 N Portland Ave. Kickstart gives children with autism, Asperger's syndrome and other related or similar conditions, a chance to learn the sport and interact with others as part of a team.
With the help of NOKC Soccer club president Gabi Noble, the cost to players is just $10 thanks to the club's affiliation with the TopSoccer program for children with special needs. Typical children are encouraged to join and can learn soccer skills, compassion and sportsmanship while serving as peer models to the other children just by playing. Metro area high school soccer teams and other volunteers have pitched in as helpers for the project the past several seasons.
This spring a sign-up day will be at 2 p.m. at the club field D on Saturday, March 10. The first day of soccer will be March 31 through May 26 with no soccer on April 14 and May 19 for club tournaments.
High school teams interested in participating this year are being sought.
For more information send an email to coach and organizer Robert Medley at or call 405-949-1960.