East Brunswick, NJ (February 14, 2019) – The EDP Foundation today announced it will build upon its mission to give back to the soccer community by both awarding up to six, $2,500 scholarships and by providing funding for players to access college combine opportunities.
Under the EDP Foundation Scholarship Program, beginning in 2019, the EDP Foundation will award scholarships to qualified student soccer players who graduate high school and aspire to continue their education at a college, university, or trade school. The Foundation will select those candidates who – via a written application -- demonstrate a commitment and respect to the game, their teammates, coaches, referees and opponents.
“Having recently completed a review of EDP Foundation programming, we determined that a scholarship program to help fund continuing education would have a very positive impact on a number of deserving student athletes,” commented Blake Henry, EDP Foundation Board Member, after the February board meeting.
More information regarding the EDP Foundation Scholarship Program will soon be available at www.edpfoundation.org. The deadline for application submission is April 26, 2019. Awards will be announced by July 1, 2019.
The EDP Foundation has also approved funding to support player participation in the EDP College Combine 2019.
The EDP College Combine is an opportunity for players on teams who are participating in the EDP Showcase to showcase themselves in front of a large number of college coaches within a smaller, more targeted gameplay environment that takes place prior to the Showcase event.
In addition to providing funding for players to access the EDP College Combine, the EDP Foundation will also fund presenters to provide valuable insights for prospective college bound athletes. The 2018 EDP College Combine included speakers Miha Kline, Director of Recruiting & Soccer Operations at Barca Residency Academy USA and Isaac Guerrero, Technical Director & Head of Methodology at FC Barcelona.
Peter Gooding, Chairman of the EDP Foundation, observed: “This is a novel approach to offer a ‘combine’ in conjunction with a successful college showcase; it is a very effective way to serve a large number of prospective college student athletes.”
The EDP College Combine 2019 will be hosted in conjunction with the EDP Cup Spring Showcase 2019 for 15U through 19U boys and girls. This event will be held June 8 - 9, 2019 at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm Soccer Complex in Hammonton, NJ, and at Green Branch Park in Pittsgrove, NJ.
Further information regarding the EDP Foundation’s involvement in the EDP College Combine 2019 will soon be available at www.edpfoundation.org.
About the EDP Foundation
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.
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. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable 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.