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Soccer Life Academy

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Blaise Bourgeois

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To all those reading, I want to first thank you for giving me a couple minutes of your time to let me tell you about my proposed project tentatively called Soccer Life Academy.

Soccer is the most beautiful game in the world which taught me how to be a leader, and helped motivate me to be a successful human being.

My mission is to provide low income families a gateway to not only improve the soccer skills of their talented soccer teens (12-17), but to help develop their life skills as well by giving them adult mentors they can look up to. For free.

Growing up in Rochester, NY, I'm the oldest of 3 sons. My mom as a single parent could not afford to pay for me to be on academy teams, go to big soccer camps, or for private coaching. Luckily, through fund-raising and sacrifices, I was able to play for Irondequoit Soccer Club; a local travel team, for many years. I didn't have anyone to look up to, and I wish I was able to have a mentor to help steer me in the right direction in soccer and in life.

This is why I have started Soccer Life Academy.

The goal is to improve the soccer IQ of young teenagers, give them academy-like training, mentors, and connections to help lead them to success both on and off the field at no cost.

Soccer Life Academy not only will keep kids off the street, but will give them the opportunity to become an even better player through intense practices and workouts. A chance that may not be possible otherwise. This paired with adult mentors they can trust and relate to is a great recipe for overall success in ones life.

The goal is to start this program as soon as possible, the goal in Spring 2013. This of course is dependent on weather and field availability.. This project would last the duration of my time in school... 2 years.

100% of money raised would pay for field and/or gym time, equipment, and for any other related expenses. Any coaching/mentoring would strictly be volunteer-based. This is not for profit of any sort, and neither I nor anyone involved would be gaining financially in any way.

My name is Blaise Bourgeois. I'm a nearly 23 year old Junior Math/Computer Science major at Purchase College in Purchase, NY. I am a starting forward for the Men's Soccer Team, and also on the Dean's List. I have been playing soccer all my life, and will dedicate my life to the game, no matter as a player, as a coach, or in the front office.

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