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 or download this.
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 starting 1/16/18 (listed as a “class” in our system)
- For boys & girls in 8th-12th grades
- When & Where
- March 26-27, 8:00am-5:30pm Rise & ShinexABQ Camp at the International Indoor Soccer Arena- 1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113
- March 25, 6:00-8:00– Showing of Jay’s documentary, Rise & Shine, followed by a question & answer segment with Jay at Sandia Prep’s Performing Art Center- 532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. This event is not limited to camp participants.
Camp coaches: Jay is the lead coach of Rise&ShinexABQ soccer camp. Other coaches for the camp include Gabe Nosseir, owner of the IISA and Lucien Starzynski, the head boys coach of the state champion Albuquerque High School Bulldogs.
Mentors: Several mentors will come work with the players during the two day camp, including:
a talk by Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Championship Gold Medalist track star Jarrin Solomon of Albuquerque and Trinidad and Tobago
a workshop by Transformative Coach Gabe Nosseir
a nutrition talk by Transformative Coach and Registered Dietitian Angie King-Nosseir, which includes smoothies on day one for the players, provided by Squeezed Juice Bar
a talk about concussion awareness by Albuquerque High School Athletic Trainer Chad Jones
a social media discussion by Jey Bernal, owner of N7 Creatives
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!