Hosted in January 2017 on the island of St Lucia, the inaugural Free Kick Foundation College Player Showcase exceeded expectations. The Showcase successfully expands access to quality higher education opportunities for student athletes in underserved communities, while simultaneously exposing participants to a higher level of soccer. Forty-five student athletes from St. Lucia and Dominica showcased their talents to six coaches from various US-based universities throughout the two day event. The end result boasted at least 15 partial scholarship offers for students to attend college in the United States of America.
Notwithstanding our best efforts to provide such life changing opportunities for the Caribbean’s disadvantaged and talented student athletes, the vicious cycle of chronic poverty and consistently rising youth crime rates will continue to affect the vitality of Caribbean communities, economic development, and the very lives of the youth that we are committed to saving. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough of these programs available to effectively meet the needs of Caribbean’s at-risk youth. We are fully committed to establishing strategic partnerships and collaborations that result in positive collective impact that empowers our at-risk youth to kick free from challenges and become contributing members to their communities.
We are seeking assistance from generous persons such as yourself to make this dream a reality for our t risk student athletes. The costs not covered by the scholarship offers are great and our challenge is great. Please do your part to change the life of a child...