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Special Olympics Ontario – BURLINGTON, ON, August 30, 2016 – The Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) and Special Olympics Ontario proudly announce the launch of the Embracing Ability program as part of Partners in Play.

BYSC will offer Embracing Ability as part of its programming to provide opportunities for a greater number of athletes in the community to learn and develop their soccer skills while having fun.

Special Olympics Ontario will offer training to BYSC volunteers and coaches, and competition opportunities to BYSC players involved in Embracing Ability. 

“We are excited to include Partners in Play among our programs to better serve our player base and local Burlington community,” BYSC Executive Director Stephanie J. Geosits said. “Our mission is ‘To inspire participants of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds to enjoy, learn, develop, be active, and achieve their own personal successes & milestones through the game of soccer,’ and Partners in Play and Special Olympics Ontario will allow us to do just that.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Burlington Youth Soccer Club and see the continued expansion of the Partners in Play initiative,” said Chris Verlaan, Partners in Play Coordinator. “We are confident that Embracing Ability will spark numerous benefits for both the club and the community, thanks in large part to the commitment, drive, and passion of all of those involved with this new Learn to Play program.”

The Embracing Ability program at BYSC for players ages 6-14 will launch October 14 and run for eight weeks.

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The Burlington Youth Soccer Club, a not for profit organization, was established in 1962. Today, the BYSC has more than 7,900 female and male youth soccer players and is one of the largest amateur sport clubs in Canada. BYSC is one of the original Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) license holders and will field OPDL teams in three age groups (U13-U15) in 2016. BYSC hosts a robust indoor and outdoor house league program for players U3-U21, and development programs for players at all stages. The Club is proud of its competitive team successes over the years, which include 43 provincial championships and 11 national championships. Burlington Bayhawks players have gone on to play on the international stage for Canadian and other national teams, at NCAA and CIS institutions, and professionally. Find out more by visiting our website at:

Special Olympics Ontario is part of a dynamic worldwide charitable organization dedicated to promoting healthy active living and better quality of life for people with an intellectual disability. Through sport, the organization is building communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people. For more information, please visit:

For more information contact:

Stephanie J. Geosits, Executive Director  
Burlington Youth Soccer Club  
(905) 333-0777 x101  
Twitter: @burlsoccer  Facebook: /burlingtonsoccer 

Chris Verlaan, Partners in Play Coordinator
Special Olympics Ontario
(416) 447-8326 x265
Twitter: @SOOntario Facebook: /specialolympicsontario #