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Phil Graitcer, chair, Ivy League Club; Shawn Williams, executive director, Coastal Outreach Soccer; Shawn Williams Jr., coach, Coastal Outreach Soccer; Neil Dawson, program director, Coastal Outreach Soccer, Don Myers, vice-chair, Ivy League Club.

Members of the Ivy League Club of the Golden Isles learned about Coastal Outreach Soccer from its founder, Shawn Williams, at a recent lunch meeting at the Brunswick Country Club. The mission of Coastal Outreach Soccer is to improve the health and well-being of children from underserved communities in Coastal Georgia by combining a soccer-based after-school youth development program with academic support. Since its inception in 2004, the program has achieved a record of 100 percent graduation from high school. Several recent graduates have received college scholarships to universities such as Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

Participants are expected to remain in the COS program through graduation, and program graduates are encouraged to serve as role models for current participants.