Student-athletes receive scholarships
The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) and the Student Athlete Resources and support (STARS) division of the Ministry of Education collaborated on the hosting of the Inaugural College Soccer showcase in February of this year. This showcase exposed over 100 Bahamian youth players to college coaches over a period of two days. They had the opportunity to be coached by five coaches on the ground as well as be seen by over seventy-five coaches via live streaming.
Coming out of this opportunity, six players took advantage of the opportunity afforded to them through full scholarships as well as significant partial scholarships. The six players are already enrolled and are preparing for their first soccer season and they are roaring to go.
The players are Savanah Rolle (Allen University), Laurann Brown (Dodge City Community College), Devonter Thompson (Pratt Community College), Tyra McKenzie (Arizona Western College), McKell Yallop (Arizona Western College) and Kenyonique Thompson (Mount Mary College).
The BFA and the organizers of the STARS program are already in the planning stages of the 2020 edition of the showcase. Jurelle Nairn-Mullings of the STARS program encourages all soccer athletes to get their grades up, improve their skills and be ready for the opportunity when it presents itself. Parents are also asked to avail themselves of the STARS program so that they, too, are ready for the opportunities opening up.