Local UYSA Coach & Players to Represent Team USA--But They Need Your Help
By: Carla Swensen-Haslam
BYU Men’s Soccer and Former Utah TOSH State Select coach, Brandon Gilliam, has been selected to coach Team USA at the 29th World University Games in Taipan, Taiwan this summer. Along with coach Gilliam, several local UYSA Alumnis will be joining Team USA. These players include Jake Miles (Rangers) Jacob Buhler (Rangers), Chris Tobler (Rangers), Payden Pemberton (Rangers), Cameron Mcluaghlin (La Roca), Seth Fankhauser (Sparta), Taylor Fankhauser (Sparta), Connor Fordham (Sparta), Tayler Watkins (Arsenal), and Junior Lartey (Arsenal). This will be the first appearance at the games for Gilliam and his players. This is also the first time a US Men’s Soccer team will compete in the World Games in over 20 years.
While representing their country, state, and club will be an opportunity of a life-time, the team will not be able to compete without your help. In order to participate, the team will have to fund the trip themselves. They are looking for the support of former teammates, coaches, and UYSA alumni members in pursuing the World University Games. Below is attached the RallyMe, a fundraising account titled, "Send Team USA to Taiwan." There you will be able to donate to the team, or under individual players. Every penny counts!
The World University Games, also called Summer Universiade, is an international sporting and cultural event which is staged every two years in a different country. It is second only to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 14 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The games have been known to bring in over 10,000 participants from over 170 countries. The Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. The World University Games will begin on August 19 and end on August 30.
About the Summer Universaide:
- The only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels
- Volunteers and workers are also students, generally of the same age as the participants
- Broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels
Follow BYU Head Coach Brandon Gilliam and the local Utah athletes as they compete in the Summer Universaide (World University Games) by downloading the official app. Dates, times and opponents will be released soon.