Open Goal Project alumni Edgar heading to Radford
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seeing the young men and women we work with succeed in the classroom and in life is just as valuable to us as seeing them succeed on the soccer field.

that’s why we’re so excited that one of our first Open Goal Project players, Edgar, will be attending Radford University to continue his education.

Edgar plans on possibly competing for a walk-on spot at Radford or playing club soccer there, but whatever happens, we’re so proud to see this incredible young man who we’ve worked with for years as a player, take the next step to become the leader off the field we know he will be ⚽️❤️⚽️

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Ariana and Precious travel to Seattle to compete in the ECNL National Championship tournament

while the focus of Ariana and Precious’ trip to Seattle in June was intense competition on the soccer field against the best teams in the country as they played in the ECNL National Championship tournament with their nationally ranked team from McLean, the importance and value of the off-the-field experiences they were exposed to cannot be overstated.

while their team just missed out on qualifying for the semifinals, the value and opportunity for these girls to travel across the country to Seattle, to take in Pike Place Market, to visit the world famous ‘gum wall’, and to pedal boating on the water, are experiences that they will not only hold onto but ones that will help shape the way they view their own community, their perspectives on the world around them, and their futures as growing young women.

take a look at their trip, on and off the field, here:

 

 

 

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Open Goal Project coaches USA's Street Child World Cup team in Moscow

in late 2017, we at Open Goal Project started the process of assembling a team of nine DC SCORES alumni girls to fly to Russia to represent the United States at the Street Child World Cup in Moscow in partnership with America SCORES and the National Network For Youth. Open Goal was tasked with coaching the team, and also coordinating with the players and their families ahead of the trip. countless calls, meetings, forms, home visits, passport office visits, visa office visits and coordination with families, the ladies headed to Russia, with our Executive Director Amir Lowery as coach.

just before they left for Moscow, DC United and Adidas surprised our girls with incredible new gear:

we believe in using soccer as a vehicle for growth and greater life experiences for our players, leveraging the game for personal growth, cultural enrichment and increased social awareness and traveling to Moscow to participate in an international event presented a unique opportunity to do just that.

our team of young women representing the US faced off against teams like Brazil, Egypt, Mexico and Tanzania, while also participating in conferences and events focused on global issues with teams from more than 20 different countries.

a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an incredible victory for our players and our mission.

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Open Goal Project alumni seeking greater heights on and off field at UDC
 meet Michel. he’s one of our first Open Goal Project alumni and he’s currently pursuing his education and playing soccer for the University of the District of Columbia.  after facilitating and helping cover expenses for Michel's travel soccer experience while he was in high school, we’re excited to watch him continue to grow on the field, in the classroom, and as a young man.  Michel's just one example of how we’re helping to empower our players to leverage their talents to pursue greater heights, and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

meet Michel. he’s one of our first Open Goal Project alumni and he’s currently pursuing his education and playing soccer for the University of the District of Columbia.

after facilitating and helping cover expenses for Michel's travel soccer experience while he was in high school, we’re excited to watch him continue to grow on the field, in the classroom, and as a young man.

Michel's just one example of how we’re helping to empower our players to leverage their talents to pursue greater heights, and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

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Precious and Ariana's journey continues with national showcase tournament in Arizona
 Ariana and Precious just returned from a five-day trip to Phoenix for a national showcase tournament with their McLean ECNL team.  the girls continue to make large strides and are excelling. in Phoenix, they went 3-0, playing against some of the best teams in the country and in front of coaches from dozens of colleges nationwide on hand to watch for potential recruitment. their team now leads the Mid-Atlantic Conference of ECNL, ahead of teams from up and down the coast with a national tournament bid on the way.  the exposure that comes from Precious and Ariana competing in this tournament in Phoenix cannot be overstated. and yet, the pricetag is great.  between their flights, hotels, and food for the weekend, the girls’ trip to Phoenix cost more than $2,000. the fact is that without your support, this incredibly valuable experience and exposure simply wouldn’t be possible for Precious and Ariana. with your help, we’re making these experiences happen.    we know that empowering our players to overcome off-field obstacles is imperative to them having the opportunity to make the most of their natural abilities on the field. we remain firm in our belief that there is no better place to invest our time and our resources than in our players like Precious and Ariana, giving them the chance to leverage their talent for greater life experiences.  with your support we’ll continue to do just that . ⚽️❤️⚽️

Ariana and Precious just returned from a five-day trip to Phoenix for a national showcase tournament with their McLean ECNL team.  the girls continue to make large strides and are excelling. in Phoenix, they went 3-0, playing against some of the best teams in the country and in front of coaches from dozens of colleges nationwide on hand to watch for potential recruitment. their team now leads the Mid-Atlantic Conference of ECNL, ahead of teams from up and down the coast with a national tournament bid on the way.

the exposure that comes from Precious and Ariana competing in this tournament in Phoenix cannot be overstated. and yet, the pricetag is great.

between their flights, hotels, and food for the weekend, the girls’ trip to Phoenix cost more than $2,000. the fact is that without your support, this incredibly valuable experience and exposure simply wouldn’t be possible for Precious and Ariana. with your help, we’re making these experiences happen. 


we know that empowering our players to overcome off-field obstacles is imperative to them having the opportunity to make the most of their natural abilities on the field. we remain firm in our belief that there is no better place to invest our time and our resources than in our players like Precious and Ariana, giving them the chance to leverage their talent for greater life experiences. with your support we’ll continue to do just that. ⚽️❤️⚽️

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A few years ago these girls weren't playing competitive soccer. Now, they're traveling across the country doing just that.
 how about some GOOD news?! meet Precious and Ariana. just a couple of years ago, the only organized soccer these two supremely talented young ladies were playing after school was through  DC SCORES .  fast forward to now: with the support of  Open Goal Project , Precious and Ariana are playing on McLean's ECNL team, one of the top youth girls teams in the region. the program they're playing with sends the vast majority of their players off to play soccer at Division I universities. already this season, Precious and Ariana have traveled with their team to compete in matches and tournaments in North Carolina and Florida and in just weeks they'll be playing against some of the nation's best teams in a tournament in Arizona.  with the support of our community, we've been able to help put Precious and Ariana in a position to capitalize on their natural potential. we can't wait to see where they go from here.   click here to help us open even more goals for talented youth players like Precious and Ariana!

how about some GOOD news?! meet Precious and Ariana. just a couple of years ago, the only organized soccer these two supremely talented young ladies were playing after school was through DC SCORES.

fast forward to now: with the support of Open Goal Project, Precious and Ariana are playing on McLean's ECNL team, one of the top youth girls teams in the region. the program they're playing with sends the vast majority of their players off to play soccer at Division I universities. already this season, Precious and Ariana have traveled with their team to compete in matches and tournaments in North Carolina and Florida and in just weeks they'll be playing against some of the nation's best teams in a tournament in Arizona.

with the support of our community, we've been able to help put Precious and Ariana in a position to capitalize on their natural potential. we can't wait to see where they go from here.

click here to help us open even more goals for talented youth players like Precious and Ariana!

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How do you fight pay-to-play and provide equal access to young soccer players regardless of socio-economic status? We held a FREE college ID camp.

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. our players and their families do not have the means to pay for these camps and often have no way of physically getting to them. 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 in partnership with District Sports hosted our first DC college id camp as a completely free opportunity for players in our community.

more than 70 players competed in front of coaches from Howard University, Washington Adventist University, Prince George's County Community College, Frostburg State University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

hosting our DC college id camp was another step in our mission to provide equal access to high-level soccer opportunities to players who haven’t had them in the past. click here to see our executive director Amir Lowery addressing the players at the camp.

we’re more confident than ever that our commitment at Open Goal Project to keep putting events like this on will continue to bridge the accessibility gap and open opportunities, on and off the field, for players in our community: even the field; change the game ⚽️⚽️⚽️

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Meet Axel: With your support, our Open Goal Project roster is growing.
 our Open Goal Project roster is growing and we’re already starting to see some incredible results. this weekend we were able to provide resources to empower Axel and his family to travel overnight to Richmond to compete in the Jefferson Cup regional tournament with his Capital Futbol Club team.  above you'll see Axel playing in the final and below is a shot of him and his team celebrating with his little brother Christopher in front, holding the trophy after winning the tournament. as we continue to support more players through our program, your help is all the more important in creating vital growth opportunities. on behalf of our players and our families, thank you for continuing to help open goals, on and off the field.

our Open Goal Project roster is growing and we’re already starting to see some incredible results. this weekend we were able to provide resources to empower Axel and his family to travel overnight to Richmond to compete in the Jefferson Cup regional tournament with his Capital Futbol Club team.

above you'll see Axel playing in the final and below is a shot of him and his team celebrating with his little brother Christopher in front, holding the trophy after winning the tournament. as we continue to support more players through our program, your help is all the more important in creating vital growth opportunities. on behalf of our players and our families, thank you for continuing to help open goals, on and off the field.

Capital Futbol Club after winning Jefferson Cup
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11 Open Goal Project players invited back for extended DC United Academy trial after free tryout
 as part of our mission to connect talented young players from low-income families in dc with high-level developmental soccer experiences, we’re consistently searching for new opportunities and unique partnerships to allow our players to grow with the game and make the most of their potential on the pitch. 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. teaming up with United and DC SCORES, we empowered nearly 200 players from DC Public Schools to be evaluated by DCU Academy coaches and trainers at United’s training complex. we hosted three sessions, giving players from 4th grade to 12th grade the chance to play in front of and potentially be identified by coaches for Academy selection. this tryout and unique partnership was an important step for our mission as we continue to look for ways to even the playing field for players all over our city who have never had opportunities, like this one, to realize their full potential as players on the field and young people off the field. for the 11 players who were invited back for extended tryouts with the club, Open Goal Project has been working with those players and their parents to provide them with logistical coordination, assistance with transportation and translation services to make sure they can make the most of this unique opportunity and hopefully be selected to join DC United's youth program. the players who have been invited back by DCU coaches were not playing any formal soccer outside of DC SCORES or DC Public School teams, a stunning confirmation of our belief that if we give our players an opportunity to shine and a platform to be seen, the sky is the limit.

as part of our mission to connect talented young players from low-income families in dc with high-level developmental soccer experiences, we’re consistently searching for new opportunities and unique partnerships to allow our players to grow with the game and make the most of their potential on the pitch. 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. teaming up with United and DC SCORES, we empowered nearly 200 players from DC Public Schools to be evaluated by DCU Academy coaches and trainers at United’s training complex. we hosted three sessions, giving players from 4th grade to 12th grade the chance to play in front of and potentially be identified by coaches for Academy selection. this tryout and unique partnership was an important step for our mission as we continue to look for ways to even the playing field for players all over our city who have never had opportunities, like this one, to realize their full potential as players on the field and young people off the field. for the 11 players who were invited back for extended tryouts with the club, Open Goal Project has been working with those players and their parents to provide them with logistical coordination, assistance with transportation and translation services to make sure they can make the most of this unique opportunity and hopefully be selected to join DC United's youth program. the players who have been invited back by DCU coaches were not playing any formal soccer outside of DC SCORES or DC Public School teams, a stunning confirmation of our belief that if we give our players an opportunity to shine and a platform to be seen, the sky is the limit.

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