NORTHEAST FUTSAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES TOURNAMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Northeast Futsal Association is excited to announce a Unified Sports tournament with Special Olympics Massachusetts on Sunday, November 18 in Danvers, Mass.


The tournament will feature four Special Olympics Massachusetts soccer teams pairing up with four Northeast Futsal Association high school teams for a round-robin tournament from 10 am to 2 pm at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass.


“Providing opportunities for everyone of any ability to enjoy sports has been a core mission of myself and our parent organization (Sidekick Sports Academy) since I started in this business ten years ago. I am humbled to be able to work with Special Olympics Massachusetts on the first-ever Unified Sports tournament for futsal in our country’s history,” said Zach Rocha, president of Northeast Futsal Association.


Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition.


Futsal is similar to basketball in that it is played 5-on-5 and on a similarly sized court. For the Unified Sports Tournament, there will be three Special Olympics athletes and two Northeast Futsal Association high school athletes on the court at all times. Futsal is a fast-paced game and the officially recognized version of indoor soccer by FIFA. There are an unlimited number of substitutions - with a pattern similar to that in hockey - which makes the game fun for all involved.


“Special Olympics Massachusetts is proud to partner with Northeast Futsal Association to provide opportunities for our athletes to compete alongside their peers. Partnerships like this help to further the ‘Inclusion Revolution’ by breaking down barriers and fostering new friendships through the power of sports and meaningful competition,” said Matt Ruxton, vice president of sports for Special Olympics Massachusetts.


St. John’s Prep is home to the Northeast Futsal Association’s winter leagues for kids and adults and represents the organization’s NORTH SHORE region. Brad Sullivan, the region’s director, is thankful to be able to host the tournament.


“Personally, my father did a lot of work with Special Olympics and it is the charity that my family has always donated to,” said Sullivan. “I’ve always wanted an opportunity to do more with the Special Olympics and this is it. I couldn’t be happier to honor my father in this way.”


More information on the tournament can be found at northefutsal.com, as well as specialolympicsma.org


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Northeast Futsal Association (northefutsal.com) is a professional futsal company, specializing in education and community development. We are centrally located in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 2017, the Northeast Futsal Association holds on-court, classroom and online programming. NORTHEFUTSAL provides coach and referee education, player academies and clinics, league and tournament management, and more. We are an official affiliate of United Futsal Association. NORTHEFUTSAL is designed to provide the region an environment that exhibits the highest standard of professionalism. Our mission is to play by FIFA Rules at all ages and provide the best level of administrative support.


Special Olympics Massachusetts (specialolympicsma.org) provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.