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From the Scholarship Committee. . .

DC Stoddert Soccer is a non-profit organization currently serving more than 5,000 children and young adults in the DC metropolitan area. At a time when a lack of physical activity is legitimately seen to be a public health crisis, DC Stoddert Soccer is proud to carry on its 30+ year tradition of making its soccer programs available to all who want to play, regardless of athletic ability, ethnicity, or the financial background of their family. The organization provides scholarships to allow kids in need of financial support to play both recreational and travel soccer. However, as costs are rising and our outreach in the community expands, the strains on our scholarship program have increased. When registering for the Fall season, please consider a voluntary contribution to help us allow more kids to play.

In recreational soccer, fees cover the costs of uniforms, access to fields, dues for registration and insurance for each player through the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), equipment (goals, nets, line paint, corner flags, balls, etc.), referees, the costs of our small staff, support for the Jelleff Boys and Girls Club (DC Stoddert Soccer’s offices are located at the club and all registered players become members), and support for DC Scores. Although DC Stoddert relies heavily on volunteers, our annual operating costs remain significant and those costs are funded entirely from registration fees.
 
The recreational fees also support our longstanding honor system of providing a scholarship by waiving fees for all players who ask for a scholarship. Last year, this accounted for more than $37,000 in scholarships for more than 250 recreational players.
 
In travel soccer, the costs are even more significant — given the costs of professional coaches, uniforms, league fees, high quality fields such as the Maryland SoccerPlex for older teams, and other items. Absent our aggressive commitment to scholarships the costs for travel soccer might be out of reach for many players selected for travel teams.
 
The number of travel scholarship players has been increasing each year. In the 2006-2007 season, DC Stoddert Soccer granted 53 full and 4 partial scholarships, at a total cost of $52,000. For the 2007-2008 season, we project that the club will grant more than 65 full scholarships and 7 partial scholarships, at a cost of more than $72,000. These scholarships have traditionally covered the $665 per season DC Stoddert fees and have not covered the costs for uniforms, winter clinics, tournaments, and other team costs.  Therefore, we have also initiated a pilot program to make some scholarship funds available to our travel teams with significant numbers of scholarship players to help offset some of the additional expenses for scholarship players. This year, DC Stoddert spent over $6,000 in supporting these scholarship players, in addition to the scholarship figures noted above.

So, as always, in registering for the Fall season, please be aware of our commitment to make our programs available to all who want to play. Help us by a voluntary contribution to continue and expand our substantial scholarship program.


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