Baltimore Union SC recently hosted a college workshop presented by the EDP Foundation, with the program and lecture run by Milton Gooding who represented GSG, a college counseling company for attending high school student-athletes and their parents, as well as other guests who learned about college recruitment, scholarship opportunities, college combines and showcase tournaments.
“The attendance was excellent. We had 120 people and the composition of the audience was a genuine mix of players, girls, and boys, as well as parents, high school coaches and club coaches. We thought it would be mostly club players and their parents, but we also had a good group of ancillary professionals too, from teachers, coaches, and even school counselors,” EDP Foundation chairman Peter Gooding said of the event.
Gooding continued, stating, “The audience led the event’s discussion through their questions, rather than listening to us go on about minor details and just lecture. Most of our time was spent responding to a question from the audience and interacting with them. To see the audience so involved, it was very reassuring of what we’re doing and afterward, to have the positive feedback that we did from parents, it was all very rewarding I must say.”
The Foundation's mission is to enable young players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on college or other post high school educational opportunities by providing a full range of high-quality soccer-related experiences to empower each player to achieve their goals.
“Most of our programs are to help raise player's consciousness about what they’re going to do when they graduate and preparations for that. Our emphasis is on higher education whether that be a four year school, a two-year school, junior college, culinary institute or a trade school. In fact, in one of our recent workshops, a youngster came up to me and said, ‘I was so excited when you mentioned culinary institutes. That’s what I’m going to do next year when I finish school.’ I thought this just makes sense for him. Rather than him going to college trying to get English 101 out of the way as a requirement, he has support for the dream that fits him. Regardless of their end goal, these players have help and guidance. That’s our aim. That’s our goal,” further explained Gooding.
The Baltimore UNION SC College Workshop is one of many that the EDP Foundation hosts, to speak with players and parents for life after high school and on their “Pathway to College™.”
Gooding concluded with, “We had an hour and a half of the most valuable information sharing to families and young players. They were amazed at the number of things that could enhance their map in getting into college, if that’s what they wanted or further education in something else.”
Learn out more about the EDP Foundation here.
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. The key emphasis for EDP’s leagues and tournaments is its Pathway to College™ programming which enables soccer players to reach their full potential with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.