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NDNU Students & Parca Team Up for Soccer Social

Belmont, CA, February 17, 2009 — The giggles and shouts of delighted children will echo through Gleason Gym once again when Notre Dame de Namur University students host the 8th Annual Soccer/Pizza Social, a fun evening for local children with developmental disabilities and their families. The annual event, organized by Parca and NDNU’s Psi Chi Honor Society, will take place on February 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The children will have the opportunity to play soccer, basketball, and other games with members of NDNU’s men’s and women’s soccer teams.

"I have been involved in Psi Chi one way or another for many years, and the Soccer Social put on for PARCA always stands out in my mind,” says Jenny Denis, past-president and current member of Psi Chi. “The children look forward to it every year and I have seen many come back to attend the event. It is tradition I hope to see for years to come!"

Psi Chi is a psychology honor society that focuses to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The NDNU chapter has been in existence for 15 years. In keeping with the University’s mission of community engagement, the Annual Soccer Social is one of many events organized by Psi Chi.

Parca Organization is a private, nonprofit association that serves people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Bay Area. Since its founding in 1952, Parca has been committed to providing opportunities for disabled people of all ages to help them experience choice, control and individuality in every area of their lives. In addition to skills training for adults, Parca offers respite care for children and teens; childcare and recreational programs for children; and support groups, information and referral services for families. Developmental disabilities include mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other similar neurological disorders.