Soccer field

Parkland Buddy Sports prepares to return to the football field

{Photo by Mandy Sheridan}

By Jill Fox

Goal! Parkland Buddy Sports Soccer is about to return.

“We’ve opened registration and can’t wait to come back,” said Deputy Mayor Bob Mayersohn, who has been involved with Buddy Sports since its inception.

The nationally recognized nonprofit has been offering peer-to-peer athletic programs for children and young adults with special needs since 2002.

Currently, they are monitoring COVID-19 statistics and hope to be back on the courts with everyone soon, so interested families should register to make sure they are notified when it’s time to play.

“Ultimately it’s about the well-being of our players, volunteers and coaches, especially those with compromised immunities, and keeping them as safe as possible,” Mayersohn said.

The football season generally runs from November to January, with matches on Saturday afternoons. Teams will learn the basics in an informal, low-pressure environment, plus have warm-up instructions and one-on-one time with a friend.

Parkland Buddy Sports’ programs and events for children begin at age 4, and volunteer opportunities are available on Saturdays from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Most Buddy volunteers are high school students. , but the program also allows elementary and middle school students and adults. .

“We have great volunteers,” Mayersohn said. “And through commitment, education and empowerment, they realize that they can make a difference in someone’s life. “

Register here for football. For more information on Parkland Buddy Sports, visit

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Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.