Santa Clara Sporting Club (SCSC) celebrated National Signing Day last February 28. Twenty-six of its high school players in the 2018 graduating class were recruited to play collegiate soccer. Almost half—12—were young women.
On National Signing Day, the players signed a binding letter of intent to play collegiate soccer, thus insuring coveted athletic scholarships to fund their college education at schools throughout California—as close to home as San Jose State University and as far away as the University of Rochester, NY.
Graduating Archbishop Mitty High School senior Jake Serpa, a Santa Clara resident, was recruited by the University of San Francisco during spring of his junior year. USF is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I university—and D-I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics—which is important to Serpa, who hopes to play professional soccer after college.
“The SCSC helped prepare me to be recruited by keeping me in shape and by having high intensity practices. I first started playing soccer when I was five years old with the SCYSL (Santa Clara Youth Soccer League) and I have been with SCSC for 10 years,” said Serpa. “The SCSC is a really great club that has taken me all over the country to play in high level tournaments.”
“Aspiring to be a professional soccer player is great, but nothing makes us more proud than to see these student athletes use their abilities to play collegiate soccer and get an education. That has always been our main objective and I’m so proud of this group,” said SCSC President Luis Azevedo.
The Santa Clara Sporting Club, which serves about 600 youth, has its headquarters at 282 Brokaw Rd., where it holds weekend bingo games to support its programs. To view the complete list of the 2018 college recruits, visit www.santaclarasporting.com. For bingo information, visit the website or call (408) 844-8571.