XL.ENT Soccer (Excelling Exceptional Needs Through Soccer) is the only indoor soccer program in Central Florida that caters to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With no emphasis on competition, the group works on their individual soccer skills, balance, coordination, speed and agility; the class focuses on developing basic soccer and social skills and in a safe, fun, pressure-free environment.
To operate XL.ENT, the RIPITT Foundation works with XL Soccer World, the UCF CARD, and PALS. While XL, UCF and PALS provide operational support (coaches, ASD behavioral specialists, facilities) the RIPITT Foundation provides full funding for the program. With all the other priorities that come with raising a child with Autism, paying for organized sports is not at the top of that list. Knowing the role sports can play to help inspire confidence, team-work, empathy and sportsmanship, it is our calling to make sure that financial limitations do not hinder participation.
Since RIPITT’s involvement in the program in early 2017, the program has grown in enrollment by over 50%, adding a new age groups and additional weekly trainings. We fund over 50 scholarships that allow our XL.ENT kids to play soccer every week of the year. You can find our young XL.ENT players at the field every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, rocking their RIPITT jerseys proudly, building friends and skills that will stay with them for life.