02 Feb D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy sends 18 football players to Division I schools
D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy sends 18 football players to Division I schools
Link to article: https://theundefeated.com/features/d-c-s-friendship-collegiate-academy-sends-18-football-players-to-division-i-schools/
After the 2016 state championship and a dream season for seniors, the Friendship Collegiate Academy football players closed one chapter of their lives and signed their ticket to the next.
This year the school located in Washington, D.C., will send 18 players to NCAA Division I football programs. Wednesday was national signing day, when athletes could officially sign football scholarships with schools. The players have committed to schools such as Howard, Temple, Bowie State, Syracuse and the U.S. Naval Academy, to name a few. To put that in perspective, 6.7 percent, or about 1 in 16, high school football players will go on to play at the NCAA level.
The truth is these players have been through a lot in order to sit on a stage and sign a scholarship for a college education. Friendship is in Ward 7, which is one of the most violent areas of the city.
“There was a time when I didn’t think I was going to make it,” said Friendship cornerback and Temple University commit Christian Braswell during his emotional speech.
Fellow students, friends and family filled the gymnasium, decorated with a stage, lights, and the backdrop of their school logo. The athletes took their places, anxiously waiting to deliver their speeches and most importantly, their announcements.