even the field, change the game.
Open Goal Project in the media!
our Open Goal Project mission and story has been featured a number of times recently in the media, from the Washington Post to Yahoo! Sports to Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol podcast. take a look at our recent media features to learn more about our work.
Precious and Ariana's journey takes them to Seattle to compete in ECNL National Championship tournament
a few years ago, Ariana and Precious weren't even playing travel soccer. this summer, they traveled to Seattle to battle for a national title with their nationally ranked team from McLean: amazing.
How do you fight pay-to-play and provide equal access to young soccer players regardless of socio-economic status? We held a college ID Camp...for free.
one of the issues talented soccer players from low-income families face is being seen by the coaches and scouts who offer opportunities to play after high school. coaches from colleges and universities often scout players at ID camps, held at various locations across the country, that cost hundreds of dollars for players to compete in. most camps are held far outside the city, so on top of registration costs, transportation is a major barrier to entry for our players as well. to overcome these challenges, Open Goal Project hosted our first DC college id camp as a completely free opportunity for players in our community.
the cost for a talented youth soccer player to compete in Washington, D.C. can exceed several thousand dollars per year, a price tag many players simply cannot afford. in addition to pay-to-play pricing players out, lack of parental knowledge and involvement and transportation challenges act as hidden barriers to entry to players from low-income and immigrant homes. after seeing these barriers first hand, we at Open Goal Project have developed a system and model that we are implementing and succeeding with, empowering talented players from low-income families to make the most of their natural potential on and off the field. with your help, we can remove the obstacles that prevent our kids from reaching their full potential as soccer players and young adults.
what we've done.
since launching in 2015, Open Goal Project has served more than 300 youth soccer players from the DC Metro area in various ways, including covering registration and travel costs for our players to play on competitive teams, coordinating and facilitating high-level growth opportunities for our players including international trips, offering professionally run clinics and camps to players free of charge, and coordinating DC college ID camps, giving local high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and post-grads the chance to compete in front of coaches local colleges and universities for potential recruitment, free of charge. we have also watched one of players win the Virginia State Cup championship and another be invited to a US National Team ID Camp, just a year after starting to play travel soccer.
and we're thinking even bigger going forward...