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Wharton Commits to Adelphi University

Congratulations Zaire Wharton on his commitment to Adelphi University as he gets ready for a new challenge in his soccer and educational journey playing and learning at the collegiate level.

Team: U18/19B

Number of Years at Copa: 2

HS: Fort Hamilton High School

HS Honors: High Honor Roll

Coaches at Copa: David Atkinson, Billy Englishby, and Andrew Santos

College Attending: Adelphi University

Conference: NE10

Anticipated Major: Business

Quote about a specific coach:

Coach David fosters a positive training environment. Coach knows how to bring the best out of each player and has always been very supportive of the team win or lose!

What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy?

My memorable moments have been the college showcases and tournaments that allowed the team to go away together and build off-field chemistry.

How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today?

FC Copa provided me with an experienced coach and well-rounded training.

How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending?

The training experiences at FC Copa helped me to be more prepared for the college soccer environment.

Share your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy.

The college recruiting process requires a lot of diligence and constant follow-up. There are many many players and limited roster spots. Knowing your strengths and weakness and being realistic about your options is important.

What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process?

Stay focused on your education as much as your soccer practices because they both matter when college recruiters are looking at you. Start your college lists early, before you are a junior in high school, and network as much as possible. Don’t be discouraged if one opportunity doesn’t go your way!

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