ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) - There's a saying that goes, "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." That applies to a program at Force Indoor Sports in Rocky River, featured in this week's Romona's Kids.
Achievement Centers for Children sponsors an annual Adapted Soccer Clinic for children with physical limitations or developmental delays.
Local high school students volunteer to help the kids develop their skills and form some special friendships along the way, like St. Edward High School students Tyler Hrusch and Mike May with participant Peter Morey.
"Peter teaches me to enjoy the things in life, because every time he scores, he just gets really excited and it touches me," said May.
"Peter is definitely one of the best kids out there. He has a big kick, loves kicking it, and he can shoot it from really far out, really fast. And he loves to play games, too," said Hrusch.
"I've been playing soccer since third grade and I'm in fifth right now," said Morey.
The clinic is for all skill levels and is great exercise, too.
St. Edward students Kurt Wysocki and Alex Dudley enjoy being paired with their young player.
"Kyle's always smiling and laughing. He's always having fun, loves to do everything," said Wysocki.
"We really like working with the kids. It's really an experience like no other. It's really a first for me and I've really enjoyed it," said Dudley.
Normandy High School students Nathanial and Mackenzie McClelland are paired with Mason Mowery.
"Mason really enjoys the social aspect about the soccer, as well as the playing part," said Stacy Mowery, Mason's mother. "It's a lot of fun playing alongside of and with other kids with disabilities, and abilities like himself. And the kids here are wonderful."
"Seeing Mason grow as a person, and how he plays, and how he's overcome a lot of things, and seeing how much he enjoys it, makes me enjoy it," said Mackenzie.
"I just like to see the kids' faces and how happy they are," said Nathanial.
"I totally love this because I'm a master at it," said participant Gavin Sikon.
"I like that we all get to play soccer together. It's super fun, and then I get to make new friends, like Gavin," said Kenston High School student Katherine Morey.
"From the first week, to the end of the program, you see quite a change in the kids, as far as comfort grows and they go from shy and timid to fantastic budding young athletes," said Mike Urban, of Achievement Centers for Children.
"I like soccer because you get to kick the ball in the goal," said participant Megan McGuire.
"And I like playing with Megan," said Magnificat High School student Caleigh May.