“My heart desire to play soccer and study was granted” – Ike Ekwueme
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  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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Why everyone should consider studying in the USA – George Thomson
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George Thomson is currently working as an intern at FirstPointUSA while on summer vacation from Lewis University. Here are his views on why everyone should consider studying in the USA… All students should get the opportunity to study abroad because it opens the eyes of students when they see how different education systems work, while experiencing the culture of a foreign country and gaining self confidence and independence.  The world is becoming an increasingly mobile place offering great opportunities to everyone. I was in the fortunate position of being given the opportunity by FirstPoint USA to study and play my beloved sport, football, in Chicago Illinois, United States of America. I chose Chicago because it is known for being one … Continued

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Guest Blog Post – FPUSA Client, Ross Connolly!
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This week FPUSA client Ross Connolly kindly wrote a blog post for us. Ross has been recovering from injury so we are glad he took some time out of recovery to give us an insight into his playing background and his thoughts about the future.   My name is Ross Connolly, I am 17 and I am from Dublin, Ireland. I am a Striker/Midfielder. I am currently playing for Rangers AFC in the Premier Division of the Dublin District League. I started playing football at the age of about 4 for my local team, Parkvale FC. I played for Parkvale up until the age of 15 where I moved to Rangers AFC after doing trials at a number of teams … Continued

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Michael Hand Named Tournament MVP & Player Of The Week!
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FirstPointUSA client Michael Hand has enjoyed more success with Thomas College this week as he was named North Atlantic Conference Tournament MVP and player of the week! Michael has this to add to the prestigious 2012 NSCAA College Scholar All-America award. Michael was one of 33 selected from thousands of student-athletes eligible for the All-American award. For Thomas College, Michael was the first ever to be named to the NSCAA Scholar All-American squad!   Coach Chris Parsons got in touch with FirstPointUSA to say – “Our team recently won our 3rd conference championship and received our 3rd berth into the NCAA tournament in 4 years.  We have a tough draw in the first round facing a good St. Lawrence team. Senior Michael … Continued

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FPUSA Soccer Players In Conference Championship Final
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Three FirstPointUSA players – Ashley Phillips, Alex Brown and Kieran Pettigrew played in the Gulf South Conference men’s soccer championship on Sunday with the University of West Alabama. They were defeated 2-1 in the match against West Florida Argonauts. UWA took the lead within 34 seconds of the match however West Florida equalised from the penalty spot on the 18th minute. The winner came on the 53rd minute, a 25 yard free-kick worthy of winning any match. UWA coach Matt Thorne had this to say after the game “I am very proud of what our lads have accomplished in just our second year,” Thorne added. “We are so close, knocking on the door. It’s tough to take right now, but UWA has … Continued

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FPUSA Soccer Players Heading To National Tournament With Timberwolves!
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The Suny Adirondack Timberwolves are heading to the national championship tournament and FPUSA will be well represented with Dwayne Opare, Jack Kinsley, Sam Sheppard, Samuel Naiwo and Daniel Riely all playing an important role in their success. The Timberwovles won it’s first ever NJCAA Region III Championship on Saturday knocking out an undefeated #5 nationally ranked team! The score in the game was 1-0 with FPUSA‘s Naiwo scoring the lone goal in the 73rd minute. The Timberwolves now face the #1 ranked team in the country (Herkimer County) in the first match of the National Championship. It’s single elimination format with the first match on Thursday November 14th. You can watch the Timberwolves and the rest of the NJCAA National tournament … Continued

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Samuel Naiwo is heading to the National Championship Tournament!
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  We love keeping up to date with the progress of our clients in America, both in the classroom and on the sports field. Coach Damien Jepson of Suny Adirondack Timberwolves updated us on the progress of FPUSA client Samuel Naiwo. This is what he had to say…       “I hope all is well. I’m excited to inform you that Samuel and our team won its first every NJCAA Region III Championship on Saturday! We knocked off an undefeated #5 Nationally Ranked team 1-0, and Naiwo scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute. He was named tournament MVP (he scored a hat-trick for us in a 3-0 semi-final victory, in addition to the 1 goal in the Finals). He’s … Continued

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