The Disabilities Allies Coaches Advocacy Group distributes a quarterly newsletter to keep its members up to date on news, deadlines and other association happenings. The newsletter also serves to let members know what the group is working on, highlighting group members and information on how you can get involved. Below is a letter from group chair Kate Ward. To read the full newsletter click the button below.

To our Coaching Community,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and that you got to enjoy some time off with your loved ones. 2021 was a crazy year, and it goes without saying that we have been through some crazy times since this pandemic begin. My hope for you is that this year was the beginning of a return to some normalcy for you, or, if you needed a new start, that you got the chance to kick off a new chapter of your life with a refreshing perspective.

Our group has been able to experience a little bit of both this past year – we were all excited for the opportunity to return to working with our athletes and the disability soccer community. We are also incredibly excited about the upcoming 2022 Convention in Kansas City, it will be so nice to return to in-person, and we hope that you will attend some of the cool things our group has going on throughout!

A new event for us in 2021 was our October Disability Awareness Week. We were so excited for the chance to promote the many great programs for disability soccer around our country, and we hope that you were able to learn a few things. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, please see the wrap-up of it below. We are already looking forward to doing this again in 2022!

The end of another year is always a cause for reflection, and I wanted to take the time to thank all of our incredible volunteers in the disability soccer world. There are some very cool initiatives happening, and a lot of great work being done. None of this would be possible without people like you who are wiling to give time and energy to empower those with disabilities like my own!

Wishing health and safety to each of you in this new year!

Kate Ward