Photos were taken by LOC members.
The Bahamas Beach Soccer Team took some
time away from their busy training schedules to celebrate Christmas with more
than 40 students with Down Syndrome and other developmental challenges and
disabilities last week.
Clad in Bahamas jerseys, elf hats and reindeer antlers, the beach soccer
players arrived at the Down Syndrome Center on Village Road with high energy
and gifts for each of the students.
After exchanging several high fives and hugs, the students were ready to learn
some beach soccer skills. They were
taught tricks and tips from some of The Bahamas’ top beach soccer stars.
“It was an
honor for us to spend time with these amazing kids and adults. We wanted to not
only have some fun with them this holiday season, but also show them that there
are no limits to what they can do or achieve. They all had smiles on their
faces and really enjoyed playing soccer with us. Honestly, I think we learned
more from them than they learned from us,” said captain of The Bahamas Beach
Soccer Team, Gavin Christie.
Bahamas Down Syndrome & Friends Center is a learning
facility for children and adults with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. The
center currently facilitates 44 adults and children.
“We want to say thanks to the beach soccer
team for being a part of our Christmas celebration. We are so grateful to them
and to the entire community for seeing how special our kids are and that they
do have a purpose and are valued,” said Cheryl Newell, President of the Bahamas
Down Syndrome Association.
The Bahamas Football Association and the
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 Local Organizing Committee partnered with the
Bahamas Down Syndrome Association to plan the Christmas Party.
The students were treated to a fun day of soccer, games, bouncing castle,
pizza, cake and gifts. Each student received a Bahamas soccer jersey. The team
also donated several soccer balls to the center for its Saturday soccer
All of the students, their teachers and their families will attend the upcoming
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 as special guests of the Bahamas
National Beach Soccer Team. The event is scheduled for April 27 – May 7.