The Goalie Guild and GoaliePro have joined forces in order to provide underprivileged American-born goalie coaches with a special opportunity to shadow and assist founder Jukka Ropponen and his coaching staff during GoaliePro’s annual Coach Mentoring Program. This educational scholarship is designed to open doors for recipients and to bolster their experience coaching in an international environment. Click here to learn more.
NAME: The GoaliePro Coach Mentoring Scholarship
SUPPORTING: Underprivileged goalie coaches in the United States (must be accepted by GoaliePro).
PROGRAM DATES: Annual Pro Camp from June 5-9, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.
COSTS COVERED: Up to a $1,000 USD voucher for travel/lodging/food expenses.
APPLICATION: This scholarship is now closed. Please check back in January, 2018.
2017 RECIPIENT: Christopher Howard
2016 RECIPIENT: Nathan Phillips
2016 RECAP: Read Nathan’s blog on his experience in Helsinki.
Our first-annual @goalieprocom Coaching Scholarship winner @nastynatedawg32 working with a young Finnish goalie in today’s morning session. This is what the program is all about!! Creating unique training opportunities for passionate and deserving American-born #goalies and goalie #coaches. Special thanks to Jukka Ropponen for making this possible.
THE STORY BEHIND THE SCHOLARSHIP
After reading Chris Koentges’ inspiring and moving article on Urpo Ylonen and Finnish goaltending, Goldman prepared for the research journey of a lifetime. His second book, Between Two Worlds, would lead to a spiral across North America and over to Helsinki in order to learn about the beauty and intricacy that is Finnish goaltending culture.
“No matter how much I adored Finland from afar, I never gained a true appreciation for their goaltending culture until I was actually there, breathing in the air and working on the ice with Finnish goalies,” Goldman said. “This annual scholarship will give goalie coaches the same special opportunity I had in the summer of 2014. It’s one that could change your life as a goalie coach forever. I am very thankful for my friend Jukka, as he has been more than generous while working with The Goalie Guild to offer this chance to spend one week inside the Finnish Goalie Factory.”