Sending your son or daughter to USA/Canada on a Scholarship is a huge decision with a long list of matters that need to be considered! To try and start you off, we have provided some FAQs and included Our Values for your reading.
We have seen this before. What makes you so different to any other College Recruitment Company?
Our mission is to Educate. Athletes Dream will invest the necessary time to evaluate each Student Athletes Academic and Athletic records, to provide them with an accurate understanding and expectation of following the recruitment process to College in the USA/Canada prior to the Student Athlete and their family needing to engage in the Athletes Dream service. Athletes Dream is here to provide a clear vision of the USA/Canada College system, allowing families to understand the pathway as a firm option for their son or daughter, the Student Athlete. Athletes Dream has a fantastic list of Testimonials which should be found on our home page below the faces of our Alumni! Just scroll down.
If I do not receive a Scholarship, will my money be refunded?
No. (Although we are governed by the NCAA rules) You will be working with Athletes Dream based on the expectations that have been developed for your son or daughter prior to commencing the recruitment process. Furthermore; under the governance of the NCAA, we are not permitted to refund money for services attached to the ‘Use of Agents’ as outlined in the NCAA rules & regulations. Athletes Dream complies with the rules and regulations of NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. We respect their rules and regulations to ensure Academic & Athletic eligibility is maintained for Student Athletes. Athletes Dream has an Athlete Representation Agreement that outlines the excerpt from the NCAA below:
**12.3.3 Athletics Scholarship Agent. [A] Any individual, agency or organization that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation in placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid shall be considered an agent or organization marketing the individual’s athletics ability or reputation.
***188.8.131.52 Talent Evaluation Services and Agents. [A] A prospective student-athlete may allow a scouting
service or agent to distribute personal information (e.g., high school academic and athletics records, physical statistics) to member institutions without jeopardizing his or her eligibility, provided the fee paid to such an agent is not based on placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid. (Revised: 8/7/14)***
Do Colleges pay you to find Student Athletes?
No. This would breach NCAA rules and regulations for both parties; the College and Athletes Dream.
What is your success rate?
Athletes Dream measures its success by families expectations being met. ‘Expectations’ is a critical word in USA/Canadian College Recruitment. When entering the process of being recruited one family may require a full scholarship while the next family can afford to fund substantial out of pocket expenses. Athletes Dream builds an expectation with every family around Academics, Athletics and Finances. Our “scholarship offer rate” for all families is 100%, however due to varying circumstances some have made the decision to stay in their home country, leaving our overall “placement rate” at 98%.
What extra expenses are there, even if we acquire a Full Scholarship through Merit, Leadership, Academic & or Athletic aid?
The out of pocket expenses are low when compared to the incredible Athletic, Academic and Social experiences that are being gained by the Student Athlete. Experiences that will serve them for life. On an annual basis flights to and from home (possibly twice per year), health insurance, cell phone and extra spending money is required as you must remember you have a child at University!
Are there specific subjects I need to study to qualify for North American Colleges?
Yes. To maximize how many options you have, you must comply with the NCAA Core-Subjects criteria that outlines the requirements for Academic entry into the NCAA DI, DII and DIII. The details of the NCAA Core-Subjects can be found at www.athletesdream.com/academics. Other governing bodies such as the NAIA and the NJCAA, have less rigorous Academic criteria.
Do I need to graduate from High School to qualify for North American Colleges?
Yes. Proof of High School graduation is the absolute minimum Academic entry criteria to enter College in USA/Canada. To qualify for the NJCAA or NAIA you must graduate High School in the Top 50% of your graduating High School year, have maintained a GPA of 2.0 or higher (50% average subject score) and or gain an 860 on the SAT. If you are required to take the TOEFL you need a minimum passing score of 80. It is never too early to start being recruited and it is ideal to begin considering this pathway from 8th/9th Grade. Student Athletes in North America are unintentionally watched by College Coaches, while International Student Athletes gain no attention unless you are strategically marketed to the College Coaches. Given the significant Academic component attached to your Athletic Scholarship, it is never too early to start with regard to University Applications as there are always deadlines to adhere too.
LISTEN – Mental and emotional development of Student Athletes is never identical to another. Understanding the individual desires and needs of Student Athletes is paramount in providing personal support, allowing each to realize their dreams.
EDUCATE – Student athletes are often mis-informed, due to unintentional, but poor career guidance. Working patiently with each student athlete, to forge their personalized education pathway is a fundamental component in providing the balance they need to succeed inside and outside the sporting arena.
GUIDANCE – Mentorship and grounded advice outside the sporting arena is essential in the development of Student Athletes. With no guarantee of a successful, long-term sporting career, securing a flexible education to support overall career development is significant in ensuring a smooth transition into the labor market after sport.
ACHIEVE – Hard work, skill and courage are three fundamentals that Student Athletes must possess when working to achieve their dreams. The importance of celebrating achievement for Student Athletes, is what will inspire them to excel within their sport.
COMPLIMENT – Expressions of praise and admiration instill a sense of wellbeing, accomplishment and form respect for Student Athletes towards their peers, coaches and their heroes before them.
YOUTH – The very essence of our future, the youth of today attack the world with vigor, aspirations and self-belief. By providing significant support and guidance, we can inspire the youth of today to start a legacy of their own for the next generation.