even the field, change the game.
Open Goal Project Fitness Night
in January we launched our Open Goal Project fitness night program! hosted at Body Mass Gym, within walking distance of public transportation, the program empowered our players to access an explosive workout and an invaluable nutritional information session from a professional trainer. a powerful program on a Friday night that will help our players become better athletes and healthier young men and women.
Open Goal Project partners with Chevron, Fresno FC for Chevron Soccer Academy
engaging more than 150 boys and girls from communities 50 miles outside of Fresno and providing them with transportation, our free Chevron Soccer Academy by Open Goal Project clinics featured high-level training from guest coaches like former US National team players Clarence Goodson, Lori Lindsay, and former MLS player and Fresno native Mike Chabala, the Chevron STEM Zone where players learned about science through the lens of soccer, and also came with tickets to Fresno FC game for the boys and Fresno State women's game for the girls.
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.
Open Goal Alum Christopher wraps up first season for Prince George's County College
Christopher was one of the first players we worked with at Open Goal Project and in early September, after being spotted at our free DC College ID camp this past March by Prince George’s County Community College’s Coach, he wrapped up his first season for the Prince George’s Community College Owls.
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 500 youth soccer players from the DC Metro area and beyond 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...