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Becoming a student athlete 

Read Everton's story in his own words and discover what it means to be a student athlete. Ready to embark on your own journey? Get in touch with our team in London.

My journey as a student athlete

The best things happen when you least expect

"My adventure began unexpectedly. When playing a pickup game in the local park one of the players asked me if I would be interested attending college to play. I had no clue what he was talking about, but that was the start of my professional sports career.

Before eventually taking the helm as a soccer coach, I was a collegiate goalkeeper at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1980 we reached the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game however, we were defeated by SUNY Morrisville, NY 2-1. During my two-year career at Mercer, we lost just three games."

After transferring to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, I recorded 10 goalkeeper shutouts in 1981 and a 0.84 career goals-against average, which are both school records that still stand today. In 1982, I was the starting goalkeeper on the Golden Panthers' first-ever NCAA Division II national championship team."

"My time as a student-athlete was demanding, but it was a time for growth in my career and my life. The physical, mental, and emotional hurdles that come into choosing a path that requires heavy discipline made me a stronger person, both on the pitch and in life. After my time as a student-athlete, my coaching career began as an assistant with the 1983 Florida International University men's team. One year later, I was part of that program's second Division II national championship in three years.

As a community activist, I have been a regular clinician at inner-city programs, Boys' Town, the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), the Special Olympics, and Soccer for Autism program that was started by a Gulliver Preparatory School Athletic Trainer. It became my main priority to bring the joy, discipline, and rewards of sports to less fortunate, talented players."

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"My journey has been long, calculated, challenging, yet rewarding. This opportunity gave me clarity, confidence, and relevance every step of the way. This adventure was an important part of my life that gave me experiences, made me learn, and help me to become wiser and stronger. America allowed me to meet many prominent actors and sports celebrities, a chance I would never have experienced staying in my London bubble. Additionally, being a student-athlete in the USA helped me appreciate the culture, overcome the challenges of living in another country and gain a greater understanding of the world.

I hope programs such as Elite Sports Consulting Ltd can help up-and-coming young people realize their dreams."

“I recognize that there is an enormous amount of talented young athletes in the United Kingdom that would benefit greatly from scholarship opportunities in the United States - both academically and athletically.

Elite uses sports to work with disadvantaged London youth and young people from the inner London boroughs. Connecting the young people to such opportunities enables them to enjoy their youth and support their transition to independent and successful adulthood.”

 

- Everton Edwards, Founder

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If you think you have what it takes to excel, contact Elite Sports Consulting Ltd today. Call, email, or complete the online contact form to speak with Everton. 

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