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 ⚽️⚽️⚽️