Giving Back to the Community

8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM

Sgt. volunteers time with Special Olympics

ISgt. David Toland has been coaching soccer for the last 29 years within Wyandotte County. The last five years he has been coaching soccer within the Kansas Unified Soccer League. Special Olympics Kansas created the Kansas Unified Soccer League, which allows students with disabilities to participate in soccer competition with their general education peers. It provides an opportunity for a variety of students and skill levels to come together and interact while playing a sport they love. 

Special Olympics and MLS began their partnership in 2013 to promote awareness, respect, acceptance and inclusion of Special Olympics athletes throughout the soccer community. Special Olympics Kansas partnered with Sporting Kansas City through the Sporting Club Network in 2013. Sgt. Toland’s Unified Soccer team has been selected to play for Sporting KC for the second year in a row. 

Bonner Springs High School and Bonner Springs Special Olympics has partnered up to participate in the Unified Sports program. It also provides an opportunity for students of varied skill levels to compete together in several different sports. Sgt. Toland has been coaching the Bonner Springs Unified Soccer team for the last four years. This team has been selected to represent the State of Kansas at the Special Olympics USA Games taking place in Seattle. This is the same team playing for Sporting KC. 

Sgt. Toland has also been selected to coach the Special Olympics USA team at the World Games being held in Chicago this July. The World Games is just what it sounds, teams from all over the world come together and compete in their selected sport.

Sgt. Toland was also selected to coach Team West in the Special Olympics MLS Exchange All-Star match in Atlanta as well. Two players from Sporting Exchange team was selected as well. Wyandotte County and Sporting KC was well represented. Team West won the match.