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EDP Foundation Renames 2020 Academic Scholarship Award in Honor of Inspirational Florida Soccer Role Model

By Josh Blatt, 10/29/20, 1:00PM EDT

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Davia M. Rossi, recipient of a 2020 EDP Foundation Academic Scholarship, has been selected to receive additional recognition - The EDP Foundation 2020 Heidi Sherrick-Duston Memorial Scholarship. The EDP Foundation has decided to rename Davia’s individual scholarship to honor the late Heidi Sherrick-Duston who passed on July 30, 2020 from a hard-fought, 12-year battle with cancer. She was an inspirational figure in the Florida youth soccer community.


Here is a little more about Heidi’s story:


Heidi grew up in rural New Hampshire where she was a four-sport varsity athlete. After high school she attended the University of Vermont where she received a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1985. Heidi went on to work as a chemist and quality assurance analyst in the nuclear industry. She dedicated much of her life to the sports of tennis and soccer.


Heidi was an accomplished tennis player, reaching a 4.0 ranking and filled Roster and Chair for Tri-county Tennis Association and League Coordinator for USTA Florida. On the soccer side, Heidi’s passion was evidenced in her participation in competitive soccer as a player for nearly fifteen years of her life. She played in several New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida leagues. She was also a coach for youth soccer in Maine and personally played the game until her mid-forties, even after being diagnosed with cancer the first time. 


Most recently, Heidi resided in Florida and was a major supporter of the Treasure Coast United Soccer Club and Massive Soccer Coaching. She provided great attention to the needs of players, functioning as parent rep for many years, and assisting with everything from coaching to scheduling, and simply being a youth soccer fan. She and her husband, Seth Duston, President of Treasure Coast United Soccer Club, raised three children, all of whom played competitive soccer as youth players with Heidi as their biggest supporter on the sidelines. She believed strongly in education and athletics and made both a focal point of her life.


EDP Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Peter Gooding, lamented, "The EDP Foundation is hopeful that this small gesture of honorarily renaming a scholarship after Heidi will serve as recognition for her achievements, and a token of appreciation for how her life has impacted the youth soccer community. The EDP Foundation aims to recognize those that make an impact on lives of youth soccer players, and Heidi exemplified this as a positive role model to many."


"It is fitting that this scholarship be established in her name because Heidi believed strongly in education and athletics. She made both a focal point of her life. Her family deeply thanks EDP for this recognition and congratulates the recipient," added Seth Duston, Heidi’s husband, Coach and President, Treasure Coast United Soccer Club.


Here is a little more about Davia's story:


Davia was a student at Schalmont High School, Schenectady, NY and an accomplished varsity soccer player that achieved a State Championship in 2015 and was a Regional Semi-Finalist in 2017 with her team. She was a high honor roll student; served as class VP and president; and a National Honor Society and English Honors Society member. Davia captained her team at Black Watch Premier Soccer Club, winning the EDP League and U18 State Championship titles in 2018. She also helped her team place in many regional tournaments and personally made the U.S. Women’s National Team Player Pool (2015-16). She did not play as a H.S. senior so she could focus on college prep. As a freshman, Davia is now playing soccer and studying at Binghamton University.


“In August 2016 I was diagnosed with cancer. My immaturity might have shown, but I was excited to shave my head…In February of 2017 I had my final treatment and was able to play soccer again soon after. I received an overwhelming amount of support, family and friends, sports teams across New York, people I didn’t even know reached out to me. I was something I never expected, ever.”


“The cancer left my body but the impact it had remained. I realized how much this sport meant to me when it was taken away... To say that I dedicated the years following to soccer would be an understatement, and I am excited to start my next journey at Binghamton University.”


Each year, through scholarships and other educational programs, the EDP Foundation delivers on its mission: ‘To enable young soccer players to reach their full potential on and off the field. With an emphasis on college or education opportunities by providing a full range of the highest quality soccer-related experiences. We aim to empower each player by creating connections that help them to achieve their collegiate goals.’


For more information on Heid, visit foresthillspalmcityflorida.com/obituary/heidi-sherrick-duston.


To learn more about EDP Foundation Scholarships and the EDP Foundation’s other EDP Pathway to College™ programs, visit edpfoundation.org/scholarships.


About The EDP Foundation:
The EDP Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the advancement, education, and career development of both boys and girls soccer players by providing opportunities to grow and prosper. This organization is a vital resource dedicated to establishing connections between athletics and education beyond high school. The mission of the EDP Foundation is to enable young soccer players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on college or educational opportunities, by providing a full range of the highest quality soccer-related experiences. The foundation aims to empower each player by creating connections to help them achieve their goals. For more information about the EDP Foundation, please visit: www.edpfoundation.org.

 

About EDP Soccer:
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program (EDP) Soccer is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP Soccer manages youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, including four National League Conferences in the East Region for US Youth Soccer, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP Soccer also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities for EDP Soccer through its Pathway to College
programming is to enable youth soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 4,500 teams participate in EDP Soccer leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP Soccer tournaments annually. For more information about EDP Soccer, please visit: www.edpsoccer.com.