The resources you need for effective college preparation and placement
Our College Advisory and Resource Services (C.A.R.S.) program provides high school age players with an introduction to the college recruiting, scholarship, financial support, and selection process. The college process can be complex and often confusing. This program offers a comprehensive support system that will help guide the prospective student-athlete and the parents through the process of finding the right college for each individual.
The C.A.R.S. staff consists of highly qualified Colorado Rapids Directors, coaches, and administrators with experiences that range from the professional game to all levels of the college game. We also have partnerships and relationships with some of the most respected and qualified organizations in their respective fields, and we bring all of these resources and tools to our players and parents.
The program will be a blend of informational presentations and hands on workshops that will provide information on many different topics to help prepare student-athletes for an education and playing career at the collegiate level. Topics will include Resume Building, Cover Letting Writing, Identifying Schools, Recruiting Timelines, NCAA Eligibility Standards, SAT Vs. ACT Testing, NCAA Clearinghouse, Contacting Coaches, Communication with Coaches, Unofficial and Official Visits, Scholarships (both Athletic and Academic) and other questions that parents and student-athletes may have regarding the entire recruiting process. This service is available to all high school aged players on both the boys and girls side of the club. The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club highly encourage that your son or daughter attend these sessions if they are interested in attending college regardless of whether they plan to play or not.
The Reality of College Recruiting
A recent study indicated high school age students are not adequately prepared and don’t understand how to choose the right college academically or athletically. While student-counselor ratios are exceeding 491:1 nationally – in Colorado it is estimated the ratio is roughly 900:1- leaving families to “figure it out”.
With less than 20% of all youth soccer organizations across America providing families any meaningful guidance or support when it comes to college readiness, most families feel forced into spending hundreds of dollars with a “recruiting” service, while others are “lured” into spending hundreds more on ID camps hoping their child will get noticed with negligible results.
It’s Time To Be Proactive
Helping Families Make A College Connection
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer
We know the college recruiting and identification process can be complex and often confusing. As a member of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer – we are excited to introduce, our new and improved Members Only College Center powered by The Sport Source®.
Our goal is to help players tell their story and get the attention they deserve on and off the field. Now, high school age members will have unlimited access to a suite of resources including 5800 two and four year universities and over 5000 collegiate soccer coaches covering NCAA – NAIA – NCCAA – USCAA and NJCAA program –to help tell your story and get the attention you deserve.
A team of highly trained mentors are available to help guide players and during the year families are encouraged to attend our college readiness presentations, participate in hands on workshops covering a range of topics including:
Athletics in College
Financial Aid & Scholarships
NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center
Selecting the right College
How to tell your story and get recruited
Official & Un-official visits
Maximizing your college recruiting efforts
The Parents Role in the process and more!
As a high school age student-athlete of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer program - soon you will receive your Members Only College Center access via email from The Sport Source®.
During the year, you will receive invitations to join us for other exciting college prep forums to help plan and prepare for college and beyond. Together, we can ensure all kids who can make it in college, makes it to college.
For more information please contact Andrew Kewley (Andrew@rapidsyouthsoccer.org).
About The Sport Source®
Since 1989, The Sport Source® has been connecting kids to college opportunities with measurable results. Founded by Charlie Kadupski a former college and professional player – the Official Athletic College Guide – College Planning Seminars & the new College Connection Center provides families with the guidance and insight when it comes to college recruiting. Endorsed by University administrators, athletic directors, professional players and other industry experts, their college readiness course is the only one of its kind to be endorsed and offered a as a HUM100 Course by the University of Maine Ft. Kent.
Each year over $300 million in scholarships, grant and aid is awarded to families using the college center to help make paying for college easy and sometimes free.
Colorado Rapids College Connection Center