DIRECTOR

John Teves has been the director of Sidekick’s ‘Kick with Care’ department since its inception in 2013.

John has helped the department reach continual growth in programming, volunteers and coaches. Working with players with special needs of all ages, John’s energy, passion, and ability to connect with those less fortunate is unparalleled. ‘Kick with Care’ has been held in close to a dozen Massachusetts communities (and counting) and has positively affected hundreds of players and families.

John is currently the Head Coach of the Massachusetts Special Olympics State Champion Belmont team.

He holds the US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License, the ICA Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer License, and the NSCAA Goalkeeper II Diploma. He holds certificates from the NFHS for Coaching Unified Sports (Special Olympics), Concussion in Sports, Sports Nutrition, Sportsmanship, Heat Acclimization and Heat Illness Prevention, and Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment. He also is Bare Bones Children’s Yoga certified.



Session 1 – Ball Control & Finishing


Session 2 – Passing to Penetrate


Session 3 – Transition to Attacking Rhythm


Session 4 – Passing Combinations


Session 5 – Transition and Finishing


Session 6 – Counter Attack


Kick with Care is meant to serve the needs of both children and adults with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities that simply want a fun environment by which to enjoy the game, build self-esteem, get exercise and meet new friends.

  • Adults with Disabilities
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Children with Anxiety / Shyness
  • Weekday/Weekend In-Season Training
  • Vacation Clinics
  • Festivals

‘Kick with Care’ is an outreach program whereby modifications to the game of soccer are provided so that children with special needs or anxiety and adults with disabilities can enjoy the world’s most popular game on a weekly basis.

The program offers a recreational, leisure approach to the game and one-on-one assistance is available to those who need it. ‘Kick with Care’ is different from US Youth Soccer's 'TOPSoccer' in that while it does serve children with mental and physical disabilities, the program also welcomes children who don’t have a medically diagnosed condition. Some players are just shy or have anxiety being in a structured youth soccer program.

‘Kick with Care’ also encompasses a program for adults with disabilities – something that makes it very unique. “A lot of these adults have one form of (weekly) activity and this allows them to have another activity,” said John Teves, director of 'Kick with Care'. “They get to interact with other adults and they get to play the wonderful game of soccer.”

Our professional coaches and ability-appropriate training plans enhance players both technically and tactically, while ensuring the most important aspect: FUN! Thousands of players have boosted their self-esteem and interacted with their peers from their community thanks to these clinics. Fitness and quality of life increases exponentially on a weekly basis.

Additionally, we have successfully been a part of Special Olympics events, keeping in mind that the primary focus of a successful tournament is to promote the joy and fun of the game and to offer a safe venue for players to express themselves and develop their skills. We believe that the benefits of organized soccer are numerous and it is our mission to provide all players with soccer opportunities.

Sidekick is a NSCAA Member Club. To see our 'Kick with Care' curriculum, click on the Our Methods tab.