The Dare to Play Soccer program is a collaboration among the Colorado Rapids, Global Down Syndrome Foundation and Regis University Men’s Soccer. Dare to Play Soccer provides males and females with Down syndrome ages 7+ with the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills and camaraderie from college and professional soccer players. During three practices, campers are paired with a collegiate player from Regis University’s Men’s Soccer team. The program also includes two games, where campers get to show off during halftime at a Regis University soccer game and at a Colorado Rapids match in front of thousands of fans!
In 2019, the Colorado Rapids were proud to partner with KultureCity to make DICK’S Sporting Goods Park a universally accessible experience for all guests. KultureCity’s sensory-inclusive program is designed to provide guests with autism and other sensory needs the ability to see and experience all that a gameday has to offer. By providing staff training, sensory kits and sensory signage, the program helps guests with sensory needs feel accepted and able to enjoy the event they are attending.
Event attendees can checkout sensory inclusive bags at the Guest Relations kiosk located at Section 129 on the west concourse. The bags include items such as headphones, fidget mesh, fidget ball, a fidget tangle and a feeling thermometer. The club has also designated the three family restrooms as ‘Quiet Areas’ where guests can go to take a break or relax if they’re feeling overstimulated by the event atmosphere. The family restrooms are located by Gates A, C and G.
First introduced in 2018 through MLS WORKS, the League’s social responsibility platform, Soccer For All emphasizes the League’s commitment to drive positive social change and end discrimination. The 2020 season-long campaign will showcase the collective efforts taking place across the league to foster more inclusive communities.
All 26 MLS Clubs will conduct various activations in their local communities during the month of May to support Soccer for All month. The activations include: Special Olympics Unified Sports exchange matches, presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN, anti-bullying programming, girls and women leadership events, LGBTQ Pride Nights and parades, health and wellness activities and power soccer matches.