October 3, 2013

Men’s Soccer Hosts Youth Clinic with Project GOAL

Youth Clinic Photo Gallery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's soccer team recently continued its partnership with Project GOAL when the Bears hosted a clinic for the organization prior to the team's game against Marist on September 27, 2013 to highlight one of the program's many community service initiatives throughout the year.

The youth soccer clinic brought together Brown men's soccer student-athletes and coaches with the students, parents and leadership coordinators of Project GOAL. Brown Athletics and the men's soccer program also provided every Project GOAL student with a t-shirt and a free ticket to the game. Darius Shirzadi, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project GOAL, was then interviewed at halftime to help raise awareness for their organization during the BrownBears.TV halftime report.

"We love working with Project GOAL," said Brown head coach Pat Laughlin. "They stand for everything we strive for - strong academics and strong soccer. Both the coaches and student-athletes enjoy all the time we spend with these students in the classroom and on the field. We look forward to working with Project GOAL for many years to come."

"It has been tremendous to work with Brown men's soccer over the last 10 years of Project GOAL," said Shirzadi. "The mix of an Ivy League education and Division I soccer falls right in line with what we convey to our students - the idea that a combination of education and athletics can open the door to them to achieve higher education. Coach Laughlin and I have known each other for over 14 years, and since he has become head coach of the Bears, his staff, players, and the entire program have become even more involved with providing us with volunteers in both the classroom and on the field.  The program and coach Laughlin are truly a class act."

WPRI's Michaela Johnson of The Rhode Show also came out to profile Project GOAL and their relationship with Brown men's soccer. The piece aired on Wednesday, October 2, can be viewed here. Rhode Island Monthly also recently profiled Project GOAL, which can be read here.

About Project GOAL
Project GOAL (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn), a non-profit organization, is comprised of education, business, and sports professionals whose mission is to facilitate the development of Rhode Island's disadvantaged youth through after-school tutoring and soccer-related programs. Learn more information at ProjectGoal.org.