Six young Dominican athletes have secured scholarships to attend university in the United States after taking part in the first annual College Player Showcase.
They are Andrez Joseph, Alijah Titre, Fitz Jolly, Gylles Michel, Montell James and Romelcia Phillip, who are all football players.
Hosted by the Free Kick Foundation (FKF) the College Player Showcase promised young student-athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents, in the hopes of securing scholarships to US universities an article on sporteavis.com says.
The trials were attended by forty-five student athletes from St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Kitts and Antigua in January 2017 and of the twenty scholarships offered Dominica secured six with the remaining fourteen given to student athletes from Saint Lucia.
Since then the Free Kick Foundation has been engaged actively in preparing the students for their transition to the US.
“Our interest and investment in these students is not limited only to sporting achievements, but extends to the fulfillment of their absolute potential – including education, life skills, broadening of their horizons through travel and a diverse range of opportunities. “ said the CEO of FKF Aaron King in the article.
He added, “We believe that the US college experience will provide these students the expert coaching and exposure to competition that will help foster winning attitudes.”
The showcase was held for athletes under the age of twenty who had completed high school or college.
The students will leave Dominica and Saint Lucia to begin their studies in August.
Romelcia Phillip received the awards for female basketballer and footballer during the 2017 National Sports award in May while Gylles Michel was awarded male footballer of the year.
Nick Anthony was the seventh student athlete from Dominica who participated in the scouting exercise.