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Putnam Valley Students Honored For Creating Special Need Soccer Program

The students involved in MAGMAH.
The students involved in MAGMAH. Photo Credit: Contributed

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- A soccer program created by six 10th graders in 2013 was recently honored by the Putnam Valley Board of Education.

MAGMAH was founded to give special needs children in Putnam Valley a chance to be soccer. The program has continued to grow, expanding the number of participants as well as the number of student volunteers who coach and lead the program.

The MAGMAH program focuses on providing special needs children with an opportunity to be physically active in a non-competitive, enjoyable environment, where developing social skills is matched with developing soccer skills.

“It is clear that the founders, and the leaders that have followed, have been deeply affected by their work with this program," Superintendent Fran Wills said. "So many of them write their college essays about their experiences with MAGMAH and some of our graduates find themselves seeking careers in the areas of education and health. This is a program that is so rewarding for all who participate, either as a leader or a player. MAGMAH highlights the potential of all students. We are so proud.”

The MAGMAH program is open to special needs students in 1st grade through 4th grade and runs two 1-hour sessions for 6 weeks in the fall and for 8 weeks in the spring.

For more information, contact 845-528-8130 x1318

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