Scout: Giulia Bongiorno
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I was born in Ragusa, Italy, native of Rome. I attended “Liceo linguistico” and got the diploma in July 2019. Most Improved Player of the Trofeo delle Regioni Lazio in back-to-back seasons. Earned four trips to the finals as a member of the Italian u18, u17, and u15 teams. Played on the national team in the FIBA 3×3 u18 European Championship in 2017 and 2018.
In 2019 I decided to move to the United States to follow my dream and play basketball in College. My first two years I committed to Florida International University, in Miami, and I earned every year All-Academic and the DEAN’s list. In 2021 I decided to transfer to Newberry College, South Carolina, where I will graduate in 2023. Athletically speaking, my third year I accomplished to be the best scorer of my team with 45% from the field and 42% from the 3 point line and won female newcomer of the year and big wolf award of the year.
I can’t wait to help new student-athletes and inspire them to leave their homes to live the most challenging, fun, and fulfilling adventure of their lives!
WHAT IS AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?
Athletic as well as academic scholarships are much more common in the US than in most other countries. Athletic scholarships are awarded to athletes of outstanding performance in order to enable them to finance their studies in the US. The athlete participates fully in practice sessions with the college team and represents the university in various tournaments and competitions. The coaches’ job is to professionally look after the teams; in this sense, he has a similar position to that of a professor and is also paid accordingly.
For what reasons are scholarships awarded?
For generations, American universities have had college teams in all kinds of sports. These teams are professionally managed by specially employed coaches and serve as an advertisement for the respective university in numerous competitions. If a team has regional or even nationwide success, the media will cover its development. That is why college teams are a means to market the university in order to recruit new students. For this reason, the universities provide the coaches with a budget to recruit talented athletes from around the world and help them finance their studies or even their entire stay abroad.
Why an athletic scholarship to America
The American College system produces some of the best sporting talent in the world. The facilities, coaching and support networks including sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness training are all world class. Universities travel the length and breadth of the United States to play each other; it is big business involving, massive corporate sponsorship, fanatical crowds, rich history, and national television coverage. Collegiate sports are as close to a professional environment as it’s possible to get. A normal schedule involves one to two training sessions or practices a day plus additional sports specific weights and fitness sessions within in a normal athletic scholarship. All this alongside a full university degree program.
Athletic Scholarships are funded sports programs that include Football (Soccer), Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey, American Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Fencing, Rowing (Crew), Skiing, Gymnastics and many more athletic scholarship programs.