Sports & Recreation

Second Chance at Athletics and Education

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Nearly 400 athletes traveled from across California to the Orange County Great Park in Irvine on February 22 with a goal to extend their education and football careers by participating in the California Showcase. The student-athletes demonstrated their skills in front of more than 200 coaches from 75 colleges across the country. This 2020 California Showcase raised more than $170,000 from donations and sponsors like FivePoint. Up to 150 athletes are expected to receive scholarships or financial aid as a result of the event.

The California Showcase is a not-for-profit event hosted by former UCLA football coach Terry Donahue and his brother Pat, an Orange County business executive, to help graduating high school seniors and second year community college student-athletes earn scholarships and financial aid for NCAA Division II, III and NAIA football programs.

Coach Donahue, in association with the National Football Foundation and the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, is on a mission to provide student-athletes of all skill levels with the opportunity to continue their football careers while earning a college degree. The additional academic and athletic experience often opens doors that would otherwise be closed to the students. More than $28 million in scholarships have been awarded since its inception in 2013.

For more information on the California Showcase, visit cashowcase.org

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