Dare to Play Soccer Camp

Dare to Play Soccer

Colorado Rapids    Global Down Syndrome Foundation    Regis University Soccer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation launched the Dare to Play Soccer Camp for individuals with Down syndrome in September of 2011. The Dare to Play Soccer Camp provides an opportunity for males and females age 7 and up to learn the basics, camaraderie and joy of soccer from college and professional soccer players. In Denver, each camper is paired with a Regis University or Colorado Rapids soccer player for one-on-one attention, assistance and fun.

The Dare to Play Soccer Camp was inspired by the birth of Regis University Men’s soccer coach Tony McCall’s daughter, who happened to be born with Down syndrome. McCall reached out to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, citing Regis University’s charter of giving back to the community, to create opportunities for people with Down syndrome to play soccer.

The Dare to Play Soccer Camp has grown into a collaboration between McCall, Brian Crookham, Director of Operations for the Colorado Rapids and Michelle Sie Whitten, executive director of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation with valued support from adidas.

The resulting Dare to Play Soccer Camp offers campers athletic instruction and support, and each camper receives a full soccer uniform, soccer ball, training t-shirt and ticket to a Colorado Rapids game. At the end of camp, campers attend a home Major League Soccer game, where they take the field at halftime to show off their new soccer skills.

2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Dare to Play Soccer Camp - SAVE THE DATE!!

Practice times and location coming soon!

  • Saturday, September 20th – practice
  • Saturday, September 27th – practice
  • Saturday, October 4th – practice
  • Sunday, October 5th – Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders, 1:00pm
  • Sunday, October 12th – Regis University, Regis University vs. Colorado Christian University, 3:30pm

If you are interested in enrolling in the camp, volunteering or learning more, please contact us at programs@globaldownsyndrome.org