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An extremely beneficial and unique mentor focused soccer camp with former US Men’s National Team, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Watford FC center back Jay DeMerit.  Click here for more information about Jay and this camp.

General Camp Information:

  • Cost: $95 Per Player
  • Scholarships:  Some are available for those we feel truly need it and who need financial assistance.  Please fill out the Scholarship Application
  • Sponsorship:  If you or someone or a business you know want to donate to the scholarship program to help a player more easily attend, please contact us via the website.
  • Register here through DASH now (listed as a “class” in our system)
  • For boys & girls 11-14 years old
  • When & Where

    • March 30-31, 8:00am-5:00pm Rise & ShinexABQ Camp at the International Indoor Soccer Arena- 1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Camp coaches: Jay is the lead coach of Rise&ShinexABQ soccer camp.  Other coaches for the camp include Gabe Nosseir, owner of the IISA Leagues and Aidan Yeomans, club coach and Lil’ Kickers & Skills Institute coach.

Mentors: Several mentors will come work with the players during the two day camp, including:
a talk by Greg Jackson, known as the top UFC trainer in the world.
a nutrition talk by Transformative Coach and Registered Dietitian Angie King-Nosseir, which includes smoothies each morning for the players
a workshop with poet laureate Hakim Bellamy
a question & answer segment with NM United players

More mentors to be announced!

Lunch & snacks provided
Smoothie bar each morning

About Jay:

Before he joined the US Men’s National Team, Jay played college soccer at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he played with Albuquerque’s Patrick Grange, who passed away from ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2012. While in college, DeMerit formed part of a defensive back line that helped lead the team into the NCAA playoffs in 2000. He was not drafted or signed by any Major League Soccer clubs following graduation from college. Jay decided to try his luck in England in 2003 with only $1,800, in an attempt to find a club to play for. He started off playing in the ninth tier of English soccer for Southall, earning only £40 a week.

In July 2004, Jay joined Northwood, a seventh-tier side, to play in some of their pre-season matches. Northwood played Watford, then a Football League Championship team, in their second pre-season match. During the course of the match, DeMerit impressed then Watford manager Ray Lewington enough to earn a two-week trial. Following the trial, DeMerit signed a contract with Watford. In 2006, Jay scored the first goal for Watford in a 3-0 win in their promotion game to get into the English Premier League.

Jay played with Watford until 2010 and then joined Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS. He also was starting center back for the US Men’s National Team during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and played every minute of every game. He retired from playing in 2014.

He currently lives in Pemberton, outside of Vancouver, Canada, with his wife, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor. Every summer at their ranch he runs the Rise & Shine camp, a mentor-based soccer camp, which involves mentors throughout the community to help the participants learn skills to help them excel in life. Rise & ShinexABQ is the first camp Jay is running outside of his ranch and will be at the International Indoor Soccer Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Aside from soccer, we will show the motivating documentary of Jay’s soccer path, Rise & Shine. Click here to see the trailer.

Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors for this Camp!