Competitive club soccer has become the pathway for kids with a passion for soccer to turn their hard work and skills as an opportunity for attending college . In a sport where only 13 percent of female soccer players are minorities, according to an espnW analysis of the NCAA's Demographics Database. Club soccer can lead a player to greatness if they pay money for the opportunity. So what happens when there is talent but the language barrier and club registration costs (ranging from $600 to $2500 per player) keep Hispanic and African immigrants away from traditional U.S. soccer leagues? DragonsFC awesome project is formed.
DragonsFC is a nonprofit competitive soccer program that provides opportunities for youth to play at a Select and Premier level regardless of socioeconomic status. The program supports over 180 boys and girls between the ages of 8 - 17, 98% of which qualify for a free and reduced lunch program. 95% of our players come from immigrant families and many are first generation immigrants from countries like Mexico, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Bosnia. We represent over 10 zip codes in South Seattle/King County including 98118 - the most economically and culturally diverse zip code in the Pacific Northwest. We recognize that many of the youth in our program have faced significant challenges in their lives so far. By engaging with families and teaching teamwork, sportsmanship, and excellence in soccer we are going beyond the field to open doors for our youth to achieve life-long success.
In one year of establishing - we are seeing results. -with kids being scouted by community colleges and universities. We are working on a college program with our kids, guiding them to improve grades and establish their college fit finder profile for scouts to view. Our leadership program has sponsored our youth through the official Referee training program. The kids develop leadership training, earn money AND are able to give back to the wider soccer community.
Funded by Seattle, WA (November 2015)