INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's soccer program was honored recently by Indiana Soccer for its involvement in the TOPSoccer Academy, a new program promoting soccer to young people in the state.
Butler's main involement with TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) was a series of soccer clinics for youth with disabilities. Butler and head coach Tari St. John hosted five clinics, three at the Butler Bowl and two at Dynamo Park. The program was formed in partnership with Special Olympics Indiana, Dynamo FC and Butler University to provide an opportunity for Indianapolis’ exceptional athletes to enjoy the game of soccer.
"We are very honored to be recognized by Indiana Soccer for the TOPSoccer program," head coach Tari St. John said. "It was a very positive experience in that we were able to use soccer as a way to connect and create bonds with individuals who otherwise may not get that opportunity.
"It's not necessary for us to be recognized, but at the same time, I'm so proud of the love and compassion that was displayed by our players. We look forward to continuing our involvement with the program for years to come."
Butler was the regular season champion of the Horizon League in 2010, finishing 6-2-0 in league play. The Bulldogs also advanced to the league tourney's title match.