CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Grande Sports Academy home of the Real Salt Lake Academy is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Seeds of Hope and GSA to create the first mentoring program in the city of Casa Grande.
“It’s an organization in Casa Grande that works with kids from foster parents, low-income and underprivileged youth,” said Chris Braybrooks Director of Residence Life at GSA.
Throughout the next school year, every student-athlete at the Grande Sports Academy will participate in the Seeds of Hope. The first group of student-athletes from GSA, who are participating in this program are: Miles Stray, Nate Deaton, Duncan Storey, Ishan Atit, Adam Ferguson, Jonathan Min, Eric Holt, Mike Lanzetta.
After three months a new group of GSA players will take their place and begin a new three-month cycle.
“Our players will help out with everything. School, being a big brother and anything else to give the students in the Seeds of Hope some positive reinforcement, Braybrooks said. “We will use soccer as an outlet for the Seeds of Hope to show that there are opportunities to have dreams and fight for what you believe in. We will do it with studying, activities, and other things as simple as listening and giving advice.”
Below are pictures from the first meet-and-greet between our players and the Seeds of Hope.