In­au­gu­ral Caribbean Show­case pro­vides Land­mark Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Caribbean Ath­letes

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Young, tal­ented sports­men and women from the Caribbean and Brazil are be­ing urged to take ad­van­tage of a land­mark op­por­tu­nity to gain the at­ten­tion of United States-based colleges and uni­ver­si­ties.

The first-ever Caribbean Recruitment Show­case is set for Saint Lu­cia from July 8 to July 16, 2016 and will in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (NCCA) sports schol­ar­ships in male and fe­male bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, track and field, soc­cer, swim­ming and ten­nis, as well as beach vol­ley­ball for women.

Coaches from pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties and colleges in the US will at­tend the event, hop­ing to re­cruit stu­dent ath­letes. In­vited pro­grammes in­clude: Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les, the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, Ohio State Univer­sity, Florida State Univer­sity, Ver­non Col­lege, Semi­nole State Col­lage of Florida, East Carolina Univer­sity, McCook Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Gan­non Univer­sity, Cop­pin State Univer­sity, Tow­son Univer­sity, Colorado State Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Ari­zona, Hof­str Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Kansas, the Univer­sity of the Pa­cific and Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis.

The ground­break­ing event is or­ga­nized by Saint Lu­cia’s na­tional vol­ley­ball team play­ers, Tyna Wil­liam and Kaji Charles, with sup­port from Saint Lu­cia’s Min­istry of Youth Devel­op­ment and Sports. Wil­liam says the Caribbean Show­case is striv­ing to give Caribbean ath­letes the best chance for ex­po­sure to colleges and uni­ver­si­ties.

In­ter­ested ath­letes are rec­om­mended to have CXC or SAT scores avail­able by the time of the show­case, and must pay a reg­is­tra­tion and the show­case fee which cov­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, trans­porta­tion and show­case gear. Stu­dent ath­letes are be­ing urged to log on to the web­site www. carib­show­ for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion de­tails. Spa­ces are lim­ited and ath­letes will be ac­cepted on a ‘first come, first served’ ba­sis.

The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion is Wed­nes­day June 22, 2016.

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