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Sullivan Twill

minnesota, Usa

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Education:

GPA:

SAT:

Interests:

*Awaiting NCAA Eligibility GPA

American Curriculum student

2024

History, English, Sports Medicine, Sports Business Management

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Height:

6ft 1inches

Weight:

168lbs

DOB:

27th September 2005

Pos:

LW/ST

Country of Residence:

USA

Country of Birth:

USA

Sport:

Soccer

Enrollment:

Fall 24'

Foot:

Right

I was born in New York City in 2005 but my family moved to Seattle, Washington before my second birthday. My father introduced me to soccer at the age of three and inspired my passion for the game. He coached many of my youth community and recreational soccer teams and invested the time to develop my skill fundamentals and playing style.

During my younger primary school years, I also represented my school’s soccer teams and supported them through two undefeated seasons.  At the age of eight, however, I realized I wanted to play soccer at a more advanced level and successfully trialled for the Div1 Seattle United FC U9 team which was my first premier league experience.

In the summer of 2013, our family relocated to Sydney, Australia where I would hone my skills and knowledge of the game for the next seven years. In my two years in Sydney, I played as a starting striker for the Balmain Tigers FC and helped lead our team to back-to-back district championships and 2nd place in the Kanga Cup international soccer tournament in Canberra in 2015. 

In 2016 I once again wanted to challenge myself with more advanced play and was successfully selected to play starting striker and left winger for Sydney University FC National Premier League team where I would play for the next three years.  During my tenure playing for Sydney University FC, I contributed to the team successfully ranking in the top three division spots each year including runner-up in two divisional championship matches.  Additionally, in 2019, I had the great fortune of representing our club on an international tour through Europe where we trained and played friendly matches against youth academy teams across the United Kingdom and Spain such as Blackburn Rovers FC and Valencia FC. This experience showed me the standard of play and work ethic that is required to play at the highest level of the game and further fuelled my interest in travel as this was my first trip to Europe and the UK and I thoroughly enjoyed touring through London, Liverpool, and Barcelona.

For my U15 season, I signed with the Dunbar Rovers FC National Premier League club continuing to alternate as left-wing and striker.  Although we had an excellent season and made it to the semi-finals of the conference championships, much of the season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I finished the season with 14 goals and 8 assists placing me 10th in the league for goals and assists.

In parallel to my club team play, I also represented my junior varsity soccer team at St. Ignatius High School as starting striker where we remained undefeated to win the school league conference title for three consecutive years with my cumulative contribution of 36 goals and 17 assists in support the team’s success.

At the end of 2020, my family again relocated to Doha, Qatar where my father was appointed to support the delivery of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Within a few weeks of our arrival to Qatar, I trialled and was successfully selected for the U16 Evolution Sports Academy Youth Football Club.  Much of my U16 season was disrupted by the pandemic but we held socially distanced training sessions four days a week when mandatory lockdowns were not in effect.  I also participated in weekly personal one-on-one coaching and conditioning training to further develop my game style and maintain my fitness during this downtown.

Currently, I play starting striker and left-wing for the U18 Division 1 Men’s team for Evolution Academy. I was also recently selected as starting striker and left-wing for the Varsity team at the American School of Doha where we have an undefeated record in the 2021-2022 season.

Photo's:

Photo's:

Instagram - sully.twill

What makes you different from all other students/athletes?

I have competed in the highest levels of football in several countries which has provided me with the knowledge and understanding of different standards and styles of play. I am hardworking and put the time and perseverance into improving myself as not just a footballer, but as a total athlete by putting equal efforts into my recovery, strength training, and nutrition. I also prioritize my academics with my football as I believe it is very important to achieve a strong foundation in education and personal development. I have learned the core aspects of time management to ensure a balanced approach to my academic, athletic, and social life. 

In addition to my formal education in the classroom, as an expatriate, I have been afforded the unique experience of learning from the traditions and customs of other cultures which have shaped my worldview.  For instance, in Australia, I learned greatly from spending time on Country with Aboriginal Peoples studying their culture, traditions, and knowledge.  Since moving to the Middle East in 2020, I have also learned a great deal about Arabic culture, history, and customs.  All these experiences have moulded my character development as a student and an athlete.   

In addition to my athletic and core academic pursuits, I have a great passion for music and have trained in classical piano and rock guitar for several years.  I also have a special interest in health and sports medicine and serve in the Global Health Club at my high school.

My dedication to soccer has also afforded me many opportunities to give back to the community. For three years in Australia, I had the privilege of receiving training and participating as an assistant coach in teaching soccer fundamentals to kids with physical and learning disabilities. I’ve continued this work in Doha where I currently volunteer two hours a week with the Qatar foundation through their Ability Friendly Sports Program where I teach soccer to children with autism and physical disabilities. Most recently, I was appointed as an Ambassador to Generation Amazing, the Football for Development and youth empowerment legacy program for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Through this role, I support positive social change in disadvantaged communities utilizing soccer as a means for good.

What are your short and long-term goals?

Short Term:

- Increase my academic performance ensuring my grades, GPA, and class rank make me eligible to play at the top level of collegiate soccer.  

- Further develop my soccer skills, both physically and mentally, and compete at the top level within Qatar and regionally.

- Improve my knowledge of sports nutrition, strength conditioning, and injury prevention to further improve my performance on and off the field.

 

Long term:

- Graduate from a globally-recognized University with high academic and athletic rankings with a degree in my preferred subject of interest

- Represent an established university soccer team, both on and off the field, at the highest level of performance and sportsmanship

- Successfully sign for a professional club in North America or Europe after earning my undergraduate degree

- Earn a master’s degree in my chosen field of interest

- Continue to give back and be in service to communities in need.

Why do you want to compete in college?

My parents, coaches, and other mentors in my life have given me a strong appreciation for the importance of balancing my education and athletic pursuits. I wish to compete at the highest collegiate level to match my aspirations to play soccer at the professional level with my desire to earn a university degree. I am genuinely excited by the prospect to play soccer in a highly structured environment with world-class coaching and training facilities without sacrificing my opportunity to earn a quality education and degree.

What can you add to a college programme?

Nearly 14 years of playing soccer in numerous clubs and in different countries across the world has taught me the valuable lessons of leadership, teamwork, discipline, commitment, sacrifice, and being in service to others.  These are all character-defining traits I have learned through my passion for soccer and from the community of coaches and mentors that have guided me along the way.  These are traits I will contribute to my coaches and fellow teammates on and off the field in addition to the physical and mental skills of the game I have worked extremely hard to earn over the years.

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