Kicking For Kids
11th Annual Soccerthon
Sunday August 15, 2021
Outdoors in Thornhill
Kicking for Kids is Canadian Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro’s annual flagship event. A Soccerthon is a marathon, round-robin, 6-a-side soccer tournament supporting children with disabilities at Beit Issie Shapiro.
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s pioneering leader and innovator in the field of disabilities providing services and sharing models that improve the lives of people with disabilities globally; impacting 500,000+ people annually.
Share A Dream
Thanks for joining our Virtual Kick-off on Zoom on Sunday, May 2nd at 12 noon!
3 x Gold Medal Paralympian Paul Rosen
Beit Issie Shapiro’s CEO Ahmir Lerner
Consul General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada Galit Baram
Canadian Pro soccer player Skylar Thomas from Memphis FC and KickDeck for the awesome interactive session!
Thanks to a generous anonymous donor we raised $1,080 just by everyone participating in the Zoom!
Now that we’ve kicked-off our kick-off, DONATIONS welcome right here!
Early Bird Player Registration is Open
Our 11th Annual Soccerthon will take place at Dufferin District Soccer fields in Thornhill (Clark / Dufferin)
Sunday August 15, outdoors in Thornhill
Kicking for Kids will follow York Region Public Health guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. Join us or sign up as a player in our Adult Tournament, Kids Tournament or Zalmy Plotkin z”l Inclusive Kids Zone! Early-Bird Registration is now open.
The Soccerthon will be run under strict COVID-19 guidelines issued by Ontario and York Region Public Health. Based on these guidelines, the event may be modified to stay within Covid-19 parameters, keeping the event fun, engaging and most importantly, safe for participants, volunteers and spectators. Stay tuned for the latest updates that will be posted closer to the date of the event.
How You Can Be Involved:
- Attend our Virtual Zoom Kick Off (Zoom link) with guest speaker Paralympian Paul Rosen, plus a live Soccer Clinic with a Pro!
- Participate – register to play on Aug 15 – adult teams, or kids teams (grades 1–8). Covid-19 restrictions will determine round-robin schedule.
- Play in the Zalmy Plotkin z”l Inclusive Kids Zone – activities for young children (pending Covid-19 rules)
- Donate – personal donation; support a player or a team; or become a corporate sponsor.
- Join in the family, fun day as you cheer on the teams and have fun in the sun!
Be inspired at our virtual event on Zoom on May 2 and the Opening Ceremony on August 15 with motivational speaker and 3-time Paralympian gold medalist sledge hockey player, Paul Rosen!
Like every Canadian, Paul Rosen’s childhood dream was to play hockey in the NHL. As a 15-year-old, while playing AAA midget hockey, his dream became a nightmare when his skate caught a rut causing his leg to jam, breaking his leg in 14 places. Paul’s leg was shattered. Many surgeries later, Paul’s leg was amputated above the knee.
From then on, Paul’s perspective, mindset, and purpose changed forever.
What is Beit Issie
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading non-profit organization with a mission to build a more inclusive society across the globe by advancing the rights, equal opportunities and services for people with disabilities; impacting 500,000+ people annually.
Beit Issie is proud to have Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012.
Beit Issie Shapiro’s mission is to create a more inclusive society across the globe by advancing the rights and equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
Beit Issie Shapiro promotes social change though a three-pronged approach: development and provision of cutting edge services, changing attitudes in society and advocating for better legislation, and sharing knowledge throughout Israel, as well as internationally, through research, consultation and training.
Beit Issie Shapiro’s vision is that every person with a disability is entitled to full equal rights, and to be included and active in community life. We work with all sectors in Israel – Jewish, Arab and others.
Our Mission is to pioneer Israeli innovation to improve the quality of life and ensure the full rights of people with disabilities.