AYSO holds VIP tournament

AYSO holds VIP tournament
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Thousands of children play soccer in Kern County, but, Sunday, a certain group of players got to showcase their skills for their parents and the community.

The American Youth Soccer Organization, Very Important Player division, or VIP, held its first-ever tournament in Bakersfield.

"These players are visually and mentally impaired," AYSO VIP administrator Steven Poretzy said.

The goal of this division isn't about beating the other team.

"The main focus is for the players to have fun, to get good exercise and learn what it is like to be on a team and have that experience," Poretzy said.

But for the parents to see their children play it's much more than that.

"It fills my heart. It makes me glow and makes me smile. He can be just as a normal child," parent Olga Jordan said.

At the end of the event all of the children received trophies for playing.

If you have a child with special needs and are interested in them playing soccer, visit AYSO.com and click on VIP.