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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.
Open Goal Project teams up with Chevron and Fresno FC for the Chevron Soccer Academy
exciting news: Open Goal Project continues to grow, annoucing our partnership with Chevron and Fresno Futbol Club of the USL to bring high-level, free soccer programming to boys and girls in Fresno, California in the form of the Chevron Soccer Academy.
here's the full press release on our new program, which will help bring our mission to open goals and use soccer as a vehicle for growth for talented young players from low-income families to the West Coast.
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 debuts 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 made his college soccer debut 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 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...