DEVENIO SOCCER CLUB
A soccer league for kids with cognitive and developmental disabilities. There's a team for everyone!
BUILDING A COMMUNITY IN WHICH EVERYONE'S VALUE IS RECOGNIZED
A soccer league for kids with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Devenio Soccer Club is driven by the belief that ALL children, those with and without disabilities, need a place to belong- something to be a part of. These kids are given the opportunity to find their niche and to ultimately flourish with practice, competition, and friendship with teammates. Going to a class or taking a clinic is not the same as being on a team. Fun Bunch was our first program serving youth ages 5+ and is built on the foundation of teamwork; it is a team of soccer players who happen to have developmental differences. Identifying with your peers and teammates is a powerful thing in regards to the development of a child. We all know this, and it is time for children with differences to have that same opportunity. Devenio Soccer now serves both youth and teens and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Brian Wiese, Georgetown Men's Head Soccer Coach
Deborah Phelps is the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. Ms. Phelps began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974. Deborah’s role evolved from teacher to team leader to department chair, which has served as the foundation of her successful role in administration. A highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps addresses a range of topics related to education, child development, health, and life lessons. We are thrilled to have such a voice at the Journey to inspire teen gala sharing her passion for giving back to the community with our attendees!
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James Davin, Executive Director and founding member Player Progression Academy (PPA).
"As a lifelong player and now coach, soccer has always been my passion. Working with soccer players with special needs in high school gave me an introduction to how sports can positively impact all players, and I'm excited to help Fun Bunch further their mission." James'
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Matthew Curran, Special Educator MCPS and MSI Coach.
"I feel fortunate to be on the Fun Bunch team. Helping children understand that they can be more and do more than they realize is important to me. Fun Bunch achieves this every time they step on the field."
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NON-PROFIT TEAMS UP WITH ELITE SOCCER CLUB TO EXPAND SOCCER PROGRAM
Bethesda, MD. – September 21, 2016
Devenio, Inc. is thrilled to announce Bethesda Soccer Club as its first Fun Bunch team sponsor. Devenio is a two-year-old non-profit benefitting developmental disability groups and their communities. One of devenio’s most successful programs is Fun Bunch, a soccer program for children with special needs.
“It is very exciting to have an elite soccer program such as Bethesda Soccer Club as our first club sponsor. As a premier club, they are training leaders on the field and now with the addition of a Fun Bunch team, they are showing their commitment to building strong community leaders as well. We look forward to having Bethesda SC players participating in Fun Bunch and taking pride in working with our players, who will be wearing the Bethesda logo along with the Fun Bunch name, “ says Gena Mitchell, president and founder of devenio.
Fun Bunch, a free soccer league for children with special needs ages 5 to 17, was created five years ago by Mitchell, and her husband, Brian. It has grown from six kids in their first season to three teams with 100 rostered players.
Mitchell comments, “This is great news for our current players as well as those who live in other regions in the DMV. Devenio will use the Bethesda Soccer Fun Bunch team sponsorship as a model for working with other clubs in the DC metro area to further expand the Fun Bunch league. Also, with the generosity of the Maryland Soccerplex, this new team will be practicing on a top quality field at one of best soccer facilities in the county and the nation.”
"We at Bethesda Soccer Club are excited to become a partner with devenio through our sponsorship of a Fun Bunch Team. I consider this an opportunity to become a stronger member and contributor in the community and to best serve Bethesda SC members to develop not only at the next level of soccer, but also the next level of social responsibility. Having had our first successful soccer camp this past July for kids with special needs, a Fun Bunch team is timely and we are looking forward to watching their players enjoy the game of soccer with their teammates," says Brad Roos, Executive Director of Bethesda Soccer Club.
Bethesda Soccer Club is a Premier Travel and Youth Development Program based on Montgomery County, MD, outside Washington, DC. Bethesda SC maintains a rich soccer landscape with over 75 boys’ and girls’ teams from ages U8 through U19 competing in various leagues in MD, VA and Region 1.To learn more about the Bethesda Soccer Club please visit www.bethesdasoccer.org .
For additional information about Fun Bunch and devenio, inc, go to: www.devenio.org. Contact: Gena Mitchell, president and founder at devenio, inc. or firstname.lastname@example.org .