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2015 California Showcase Continues To Aid Future College Student-Athletes

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One hundred and forty-eight student-athletes are attending college and playing football this fall thanks to the California Showcase.

The total financial aid to those 148 students represents $2,512,817, an average of $22,079 to four-year institutions and $8,354 to junior colleges.

The Showcase, a totally free combine for high school students, was held last February at the Great Park of Orange County.  A total of 470 athletes attended.  Coaches on hand to scout the players came from 47 NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools as well as 12 junior colleges in California.

Financial aid was offered in both scholarships and grants.

It is the third year for the Showcase, which is spearheaded by former UCLA Coach Terry Donahue.  “It has been awesome.  I’m extremely satisfied that we are reaching out and helping young people realize their dream of going to college and playing football,” said Donahue.

In the first two years, the Showcase led to 197 financial aid packages worth $3.5 million.  Including 2015, those numbers are 345 students and just over $6 million ($6,051,080) in aid.

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation is a proud sponsor of the California Showcase.

Showcase Notes: Of the 47 universities in attendance, 29 were able to get at least one player from the tryouts…The University of LaVerne, a California Division III school, had the most signed players with nine…Schools from 22 different  states participated…Glendale Community College led the way for junior colleges with 11 new players…Of the 148 players placed, 26% were wide receivers, 19% defensive linemen, 14% defensive backs, 11% linebacker, 10% offensive linemen, 9% quarterbacks and 7% running backs…Coach Donahue had 90 former players and coaches put the players through their drills…

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