“My heart desire to play soccer and study was granted” – Ike Ekwueme
Ike- close up jersey

  Former FirstPointUSA client Ike Ekwueme has enjoyed great success both on the pitch and in the classroom during his time in America. He’s taken the time to write about his journey…     The journey started off as far back as my high school days in England. In high school, Math’s, English and Science were not my strongest courses. I was in set 3 for these courses which was equivalent to the lowest rank. I wasn’t a bad student, but I had a little test anxiety, I was afraid of the unknown. But one day, I said to myself, enough is enough. I refused to be satisfied with a low position. So I set myself some goals. I said, … Continued

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Soccer Scholarships at the World Cup – Team USA

  The World Cup has now kicked-off in Brazil where 32 teams will be competing for the historic trophy at venues within the host nation over a period of around 6 weeks. World Cup involves some of the best countries from all over the world at soccer, and the most exciting players in the world representing their nation. For football fans it could not get any more thrilling! The US national team is currently ranked in the top 20 teams in the world at 13th ahead of Ivory Coast, Croatia, Russia, and 1998 winners and 2006 finalists France, and also 2010 finalists Holland. The US national team is improving year on year, making them one of the better nations in the … Continued

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How FirstPointUSA helped me – George Thomson
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It was in the middle of May 2011 when I had first heard of FirstPoint USA and sports scholarships. I remember it like it was yesterday. The under 19’s and 17’s teams had been told in a week in advance by our coaches that we were to attend a presentation by FirstPoint at the school, where we trained an hour before training would normally start.  It was a cold and rainy evening in Ayr and you could just tell that not one player wanted to be there because it was in the middle of the week and the weather was just awful. I remember going in to the room where the presentation was going to take place and the bleachers … Continued

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Sir Alex Ferguson joins Harvard University

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to take up a “long-term teaching position” in executive education at Harvard. The 72-year-old, who left his post as manager at Old Trafford last summer after 26 years in charge, will lecture in the Ivy League University’s new programme entitled The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports, starting in May. It comes less than seven months after Ferguson’s blueprint for managerial success was included in the October edition of Harvard Business Review. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence,” Ferguson said. “The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to … Continued

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Which US College Sports Teams Produce the Largest Profits?

Which US College Sports Teams Produce the Largest Profits? Rank School Revenue Expenses Profit 1 University of Texas (Football) $93,942,815     $25,112,331 $68,830,484 2 Univ. of Georgia (Football) $70,838,539 $18,308,654 $52,529,885 3 Penn State Univ. (Football) $70,208,584 $19,780,939 $50,427,645 4 Univ. of Michigan (Football) $63,189,417 $18,328,233 $44,861,184 5 Univ. of Florida (Football) $68,715,750 $24,457,557 $44,258,193 6 Louisiana State Univ. (Football) $68,819,806 $25,566,520 $43,253,286 7 Univ. of Alabama (Football) $71,884,525 $31,118,134 $40,766,391 8 Univ. of Tennessee (Football) $56,593,946 $17,357,345 $39,236,601 9 Auburn Univ. (Football) $66,162,720 $27,911,713 $38,251,007 10 University of Oklahoma (Football) $58,295,888 $20,150,769 $38,145,119 11 Univ. of South Carolina (Football) $58,266,159 $22,794,211 $35,471,948 12 Notre Dame (Football) $64,163,063 $29,490,788 $34,672,275 13 University of Nebraska (Football) $49,928,228 $17,843,849 $32,084,379 14 … Continued

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Dual-Sport Athlete – Devin Johnston

Dribbling a soccer ball is much different than dribbling a basketball, but both come easily to Devin Johnston ’13 of Bloomingdale, Ill. This energetic Olivet student plays stopper on the women’s soccer team and forward on the women’s basketball team. Quite an athletic feat! Her sports participation at Olivet has already taken Devin across the Atlantic and Pacific. In summer 2010, she and the women’s soccer team visited Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya. “I loved meeting the African people,” Devin says. “They are so positive and friendly. We visited Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world. The people there have so little, but they are so happy and positive.” “They love playing soccer,” she continues. “So we dribbled … Continued

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How to Transfer to a NAIA University

A student-athlete wishing to transfer to a new institution must be aware of how the transfer may affect his or her eligibility. A student-athlete who has decided it to transfer to an NAIA institution should understand these rules that apply to various parts of the transfer process. Keep in mind these rules are for transferring to NAIA schools only. If a student athlete is considering transferring to a non-NAIA institution, the student-athlete must follow the regulations for that particular association. Contacting an NAIA Institution The transfer process typically begins with an enrolled student contacting other institutions to gauge potential interest. A student (or family member) may contact an NAIA institution about a transfer at any time. Once contacted by a … Continued

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