Ambassadors and Testimonials
Read about our Athletes Matriculation to College and their Accomplishments
|U.S. Elite International Track & Field, Inc.||
“I just want to express my heartiest gratitude to you for helping me to make going to college possible. I remember you saying that you cannot reassure me that I'll go to the school of my choice but you will definitely get me into a college. Thank you for keeping your word, and just to say Villanova is great. I love it here and I am still working hard, as I know scholarships are not four years in length, and they have to be renewed. I'm not sure if this email will get to you, but I hope it finds you in good health and I pray God continues to give you the strength to make many kids like myself dream come through. You are truly a blessing. Thanks again Ms. Thorpe.”
**September 27, 2016
Kevon Brown, University of Mary
"The end of high school for most students is usually marked by festivities and exchanging of contact details with long time friends. Although most students have looked forward to that day for several years, they typically have trouble dealing with the sudden change. Another event with striking similarity and possibly even greater importance that occurs around the same time as high school graduation is the process of applying for, getting into, paying for and attending college. This is possibly one of the greatest challenges any high school student will face as far as their future career is concerned. There are always steps; and hidden steps to be followed, and in the case of an international student- athlete like myself, rules, regulations and requirements to be met and followed.
My dream, since I started high school was to further my formal education in college, a feat that no member of my family had achieved. As a track and field athlete in high school, the prospects of attending college in the United States on scholarship were real. However, as my high school years drew to a close, I realized that it was an even more daunting task than I had ever imagined. On the recommendation of a former coach and mentor, I sought the help of the US Elite Liaison International program. The mission of this organization is to help international high school students like me find scholarships to continue their education and athletic careers in the United States. I was soon to find out that US Elite was willing to do far more than this.
Almost as soon as I became a part of the US Elite International Liaison program, I was introduced to numerous college track coaches in the US. Several of them made offers but in the end it was my present coach, Mr. Mike Thorson who offered me the best opportunity to continue my formal education and track and field career at his school, the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Helping me to find a scholarship was not the only task of US Elite as I was in constant contact with co-founder of the organization, Ms. Keishia Thorpe. She familiarized me with the necessary rules and regulations of the college sports governing body, NCAA, as well as US immigration prior to my arrival in the United States. Her numerous phone calls, emails and instant messages to me provided valuable information about classes, college housing, dressing for the weather and tips for my daily and hectic track workouts.
In the early parts of my very first year of college I was injured to the point that at times ambulation was only possible with the aid of crutches. It was the treatment suggestions made by Ms. Thorpe of US Elite and not those of my school’s Athletic Trainers that coaxed my legs to be able to run a few races in the latter part of the year. At present, US Elite is giving me the opportunity to use one of my greatest talents. In my 13 years of primary and high school in Jamaica, I always was a leader and was looked up to by my peers. US Elite has designated me as a mentor to high school students with intentions of studying and doing track and field in the United States. This does not only give me an opportunity to help others but also enhances my ability to deal with my peers in a professional manner.
**September 29, 2010