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Virginia Military Institute – Producing Leaders
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Virginia Military Institute – Producing Leaders

Posted on February 22, 2011


Ben Freakley’s School of Soccer … much more than just training …

College Opportunities for Student Athletes magazine, since 1991, written with several hundred college coaches, specifically to help subscribers get to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.

Summer camps are, in our opinion, the best way to get to know the college coach you may some day play for. Coaches use camps to train and evaluate future members of their teams. Summer camps provide an ideal environment for both student athlete and coach to thoroughly prepare and improve the quality of the recruiting decision.

For these important reasons we publish our book, The Best Soccer Camps and dedicate the Spring Edition of our magazine, College Opportunities for Student Athletes to detailed reviews of only 100 summer camp operators, nationwide.

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Ben Freakley’s School of Soccer … much more than just training …

Since 1839, The Virginia Military Institute has produced leaders for every field of endeavor. VMI’s unique educational philosophy, emphasizes the qualities of honor, integrity, and responsibility.

VMI offers qualified young men and women a demanding combination of academic study and rigorous military training, and grants B.A. and B.S. degrees in fourteen disciplines within the general fields of engineering, science, and liberal arts.

VMI’s academic breadth is diverse, and curricula for the selected major begins the first year. About 30 percent of cadets major in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering, more than 40 percent of VMI graduates major in liberal arts fields, and the two most popular majors are economics/business and history.

In the 2002 U.S. News & World Report, “America’s Best Colleges,” VMI claims the number one spot as the nation’s “top public liberal arts college,” and its engineering program remains in the top one-third of “Best Undergraduate” accredited programs at schools offering only Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. In separate rankings for engineering “specialities,” VMI’s civil engineering program ranks 6th , and its mechanical engineering program, 17th. Alumni include Nobel Prize winner George C. Marshall and nine RhodesScholars.

Today 1,300 young men and women in the VMI Corps of Cadets represent forty-six states and twenty foreign countries, over 100 study abroad each year, one-third compete in athletics, and all have significant leadership opportunities.

VMI cadets uphold an honor system as old as the Institute. An oath of honor is taken by each cadet, “not to lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do,” and the oath is practiced in daily life. As it is basic to cadet life, it is ingrained, and builds strong character. Honor is at the cornerstone of every cadet’s lifelong commitment to integrity, duty, self-discipline, and self-reliance.

A small school playing in NCAA Division I means that every game in every sport is a challenge. But VMI cadets come prepared to compete. Head Men’s Soccer Coach Ben Freakley will help serious student athletes explore the opportunities at VMI. His camp is the best place to begin your journey … a journey that can change your life.

Information and registration:


Summer Camps: Much More Than Training

Every camp here has been selected in our Best Soccer Camps book. The current edition of our Best Soccer Camps book contains only 100 selected camps from the more than 500 summer soccer camps.

Is this approach working? When have you seen so many camp ads and articles, anywhere, ever? Think about this. We talk to more serious soccer families and more truly dedicated college coaches, in one year, than anyone. And we help readers find the good camps that can affect their college futures, and their lives.

Now, consider what serious players do for top camps. Competitive players make the camp a success, elevate the level of play, and challenge other players. They stimulate the coaching staff. Everyone learns more and has more fun. And sometimes, a player catches the eye of a coach because, “Those campers were working so hard they looked like college players.” … the rest … perhaps, is history!

Readers refer to our Student Athlete magazine as the “Consumer Reports” of College-Bound sports. We are proud to have earned your respect. When we compile our Special Campers Issues we invite only camps recommended in our Best Camps book to advertise. We’ve done our homework. All of these camps are good!

As parents of serious student athletes, we know how expensive, yet important, good camp selection is. Add the camp’s cost, airfare, new clothes, new equipment, spending money, telephone, ground transportation and family gifts … a residential camp’s cost can total $1000!

What are the alternatives, once you’ve learned how to how play, for getting noticed by the college coaches?

The three most important things to do, to increase your chances of playing sports in college are:

1. Participate in the ODP
2. Win state cup with your club team
3. Attend camp at the college where you hope to play

Camp selection is the only event YOU can control. By the end of the camp, both you and the coach will know if his college is in your future. If the news is not good, ask him to recommend colleges where you can play, and to use him as a reference.


Bob Collins, Editor
Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation

(561) 749-0207
GOOGLE: “student athlete magazine”


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