STATESBORO, Ga. – In 2019, the Tormenta FC Academy experienced major success with its pilot grant program, which fully funded three academy teams.
This year, a grant announced on Thursday by the Ibis Foundation will impact even more members across the club. The generous donation will greatly reduce registration costs and fees for academy families, serving as partial funding for 26 academy teams in Georgia and South Carolina while also fully funding the first 250 recreation players to register in Savannah, Ga. The grant will also cover all 2020 tryout fees for current players.
“Tormenta FC Academy is committed to providing a high-quality, affordable youth soccer program that is accessible to everyone,” TFC Academy Director of Operations Brad Nein said. “The Ibis Foundation has outdone themselves with this donation that will be extremely meaningful to so many of our families. Thank you to the Ibis Foundation for allowing the best youth male and female soccer players in the region to play together wearing the Tormenta crest."
Through sponsors and donations, the Ibis Foundation promotes the sport of soccer throughout South Georgia and the Low Country by providing resources and training opportunities to local youth at a significantly lower cost.
With cost one of the significant barriers to youth soccer participation across the United States, Tormenta FC Academy continues to identify and cultivate the top soccer talent in the region while removing that barrier for many families in need of support.
Tormenta FC Academy has been a key piece to the organization’s overall structure, with players from the youth set-up having also moved up to the club’s teams in both USL League One and USL League Two. The Ibis Foundation’s grant will aid that work as Tormenta FC aims to provide opportunities to compete for players throughout the region and the chance to progress toward a potential place in the professional ranks.
“The impact of this grant goes beyond the obvious financial portion,” Ibis Foundation Executive Director Mike Panter said. “To offer a program that alleviates that barrier and truly makes it about identifying the talent in our region, that is priceless. Our board is grateful for being able to provide our academy with this opportunity and look forward to growing this program and soccer in the Low Country region.”