Service Projects

TWHS Highlander Soccer


TOPS is a program designed to give the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4 and up, who has a mental or physical disability. TOPS purpose is to foster physical, mental, emotional growth and development for children with mental and physical challenges through the game of soccer. The game is modified to fit the needs of the players; everyone plays at his/her level. The ‘rules of the game’ are loosely applied, and the game is played for pure enjoyment.TOPS soccer takes place at Bear Branch sports complex unless it’s raining.

We need ‘buddy’ volunteers who can help them learn to play soccer and help them have fun. NO special training is needed, just a desire to help. Many of the buddies over the past 3 years could only commit to a few Saturday morning games due to other commitments (soccer games, etc.) and this has worked well. Any and all help is appreciated!

Most Saturdays during Texas Rush’s recreational season

2-3 pm to play with the younger children

3-4pm to play with the older kids


Sat. Feb. 25 as that is the day the boys and girls soccer teams will hold their annual Service Project at Boys and Girls Country.

About Boys & Girls Country:  For 45 years, Boys and Girls Country has changed the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment and raising them to become self-sustaining adults.


About our Service Project: Our athletes carpool to the event with players or parents. We then share a Chick-fil-a lunch with the Boys & Girls Country kids. On the soccer fields our players are divided up with the Boys & Girls Country kids into 12 soccer teams. Our players organize some fun drills with the kids, and then play three 20-minute games with the kids. The event will close with a fun PK vs. TWHS goalies like last year. For those non-soccer players, the girls team will organize arts and crafts activities.

What we also donate: The Boys and Girls Country has provided a detailed list of needed items that you can donate (tax-deductible). We will bring the items with us to the event on Feb. 25.

Why your athlete should participate in this service project: This is a great team bonding event as well as one of the only events for the year where the boys and girls teams work together. The event is a great opportunity for our players to work with kids and teens from less fortunate circumstances than their lives. The event is great for our athletes to work on their leadership and communication skills.

Cost: We are asking $20 per athlete which will cover the cost of their Chick-fil-a lunch and the cost of a Chick-fil-a lunch for one of the Boys and Girls Country kids. The fee will also cover the cost of other snacks and drinks plus the cost of field lining for the event and purchase of other supplies. Any money left over after the event will then be donated to Boys and Girls Country from the TWHS Boys and Girls Soccer Program. A second player in the same family is $10. Also, any parents that wish to eat lunch at the event can pay $10. Money will be collected the morning of the event.

Event Coordinators: The girls soccer team is taking the lead on the event this year. Leigh Ann Runeberg and Marlene Hutton are in charge on the girls side. Dan Sousa (703.509.8826) is the contact on the boys side.

Volunteers Needed: We need parents to volunteer to help make the event a success. A Sign-up Genius will go out shortly. We need two parents willing to go up early on Feb. 25 to bring items for set-up and donated items. A trailer or truck would be ideal for these early volunteers. We need a min. of 8 volunteers on the day with six parents being assigned to watch over one of the 12 soccer teams and two parents helping with food and drink. These eight parent volunteers may also be called upon to carpool athletes to and from the event. We are also looking for somebody to set-up/run a PA/music system for event and we need a photographer for the event.

Event Timeline

Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

Carpool Location: TWHS parking lot in front of school near tennis courts.

Event Address: 18806 Roberts Rd, Hockley, TX 77447.



Prior to Feb. 25 – Donation items can be dropped off at Dan Sousa’s home (95 S. Player Manor Circle, Sterling Ridge off Black Knight).


Feb. 25

Before 9 a.m. – Volunteer vehicle or two to take up supplies early to set-up/donated items.

9:25 a.m. – Adult volunteers meet at high school in parking lot by tennis courts.

9:40 a.m. – Students arrive and pay $20, get name tags and assignments. Captains to get bag containing name tags, markers, team armbands, list of kids on team, and premade gathering sign. Students then divide up into carpools by older players and parents. ***last year almost all players were able to ride with teammates but all parent volunteers should be on standby to drive kids*****

10 a.m. – Depart TWHS for Boys and Girls Country

10:50 – Arrive Boys and Girls Country. Opening remarks, Team Captains with help of parent volunteers gather teams. TWHS players and Boys and Girls Country on each of 12 teams (4 teams per 3 age groups of 12 & under; 13-15; 16 & up) will be wearing same unique arm band color and also have name tags.

11:15 – Drills with kids by each team.

11:30 – Chick-fil-a sandwiches arrive and each team eats as a group. FYI: Chick-fil-a Cow will make an appearance!

Noon – Games begin. 20 minute games on six fields.

12:30 p.m. – Round 2 of Games

1 p.m. – Round 3 of Games

1:30 – Gather for fun PK event and Group Photo and Closing Remarks

2 pm – Pack Up/Clean up/Depart

2:45 – Carpools Arrive Back to TWHS

Needed by Monday, Feb. 20: RSVP of all Players. Please reply to this email with their RSVP.


Needed: 12 boys to volunteer to be Captains of their soccer teams at event. Please reply to this email if your son would like to be a captain.


Dress: Boys to wear practice shirts with color coordinate by their team captains. No need for cleats or shin guards.


What to bring: Boys bring a soccer ball with their name written on it.


Cell phone usage: Players are asked to limit their cell phone usage to urgent communication only. We want the players to be free to focus on the Bo

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