Event raises money for team’s program that mentors Dunbar Middle School students and supports education for women in Africa.
The Depot Grille will host the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer team on April 15 for a celebration of the team’s success on the field and a fundraiser to support education efforts in Lynchburg as well as Africa.
The athletic prowess of the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer team (LCWS) is nationally known since they captured the 2014 NCAA Division III National Title in December 2014. That talent is matched by the team’s success in academics, determination and service to the larger community.
The April 15 event at the Depot Grille will be held in advance of the LCWS Weekend and the LCWS Alumni game on April 18. The restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds from meal purchases on that day to Women of Worth (WOW Girls), the LCWS service program. Other donations to WOW Girls, in care of Sports Outreach Institute, will be accepted as well.
The WOW Girls program pays the costs to educate 10 young women in Uganda, and it also helps support the education and development of 13 young women students at Dunbar Middle School, where LCWS players serve as tutors.
At 3:30 p.m., LCWS Head Coach Dr. Todd Olsen and members of the team will give a presentation about the service program. Information about WOW Girls and the LCWS journey to the national championship, including photos and videos, will be on display all day. LCWS T-shirts, scarfs and pennants will be for sale, too.
“Women of Worth: Against the Odds” (WOW Girls) is a service project created by LCWS and funded through a partnership with Sports Outreach Institute. Their mission: “to transform and empower young girls to become world-changing women through love, encouragement, and reinforcement of self-worth as we build life-long relationships through mutual respect and trust.”
In addition to garnering the national championship, LCWS earned many awards and recognitions throughout the 2014 season. These awards and achievements include:
NSCAA National Player of the Year – Angela Bosco
NSCAA National Coach of the Year – Dr. Todd Olsen
NSCAA All-American Selections – Angela Bosco Dessi Dupuy
2014 CoSIDA Academic All-American – Natalie Deacon
NCAA ELITE 89 Award – Samantha Bagherpour
All-Region – Emily Maxwell, Jade Woll, Angela Bosco, Dessi Dupuy, Jenn Snyder
All Region Coach of the Year– Dr. Todd Olsen
All-State – Angela Bosco, Dessi Dupuy, Jenn Snyder, Jade Woll, Emily Maxwell, Tess Frelick
All-State Player of the Year – Angela Bosco
All-State Rookie of the Year – Emily Maxwell
All-State Coach of the Year – Dr. Todd Olsen
All-ODAC – Angela Bosco, Dessi Dupuy, Emily Maxwell, Jenn Snyder, Jade Woll, Natalie Deacon, Tess Frelick, Kelley Smith
All-ODAC Player of the Year – Angela Bosco
All-ODAC Rookie of the Year – Emily Maxwell
All ODAC Coach of the Year– Dr. Todd Olsen
Lynchburg native Dessi Dupuy will continue to play soccer with the Women’s Premier Soccer League in their 2015 season this summer. She wants to thank the many individuals and the following businesses who sponsored her travel and tryout costs:
- Depot Grille
- Waterstone and Shoemaker’s Restaurant Group
- Magnolia Foods
- McCauley/Bartram Financial Group
- Market at Main