even the field, change the game.
in December, we hosted our first ever free DC United Academy tryout for Open Goal Project players. nearly 200 youth players from more than 50 local schools attended, and a total of 11 players were invited back for extended trial runs with United Academy teams.
VIDEO: 15-year-old Ariana with the wunder strike!
a few years ago Ariana wasn’t playing travel soccer. now she’s 15, and, with your support, she's doing this at a national showcase tournament in Florida.
what a strike!
The importance of being there for our players...on and off the field
beyond coordination and financial support, we've built our program on intense mentorship for our players. because they are working long hours, parents of many of our kids will never be able to see them play, let alone accompany them on travel trips required in elite youth soccer. for our players to grow on the field and as young men and women off the field, we know we need to be there for them...
the cost for a talented youth soccer player to compete in Washington, D.C. can exceed several thousand dollars per year. with your help, we can remove the financial obstacles that prevent our kids from reaching their full potential as soccer players and young adults.
what we've done.
since launching in december 2015, open goal project has helped register more than a dozen local players to travel soccer teams, covered registration and costs for numerous players to attend summer soccer camps, provided free clinics and high-level training for dozens of youth players aged 5 to 18, coordinated and covered costs for 4 players to go on their very first trip overseas to Peru, Barcelona, Malawi, and Costa Rica, and watched one of our players lead her team to the VA State Cup championship.
and we're thinking even bigger going into 2018...