This year, 25 young athletes from different disciplines have been given grants worth $ 110,000 through our program Study and Play, which will allow them to combine their training and a high level competition with their studies in American Universities next year.
The award ceremony was held at the Tennis Real Club in Barcelona last Wednesday, where the grant-holders and their families gathered to receive the grants from María Francisca Perelló, Director of Strategy and Relations with Institutions, and Marc Becker, director of I-Con Sports, Spanish company engaged in sending athletes to universities in the United States. Rafa Nadal’s manager and I-Con Sports associate Carlos Costa was present in the ceremony, as well as other former grant-holders.
“This is the beginning of a new period full of experiences, which will surely be a turning point in your careers, at an academic and sport level, as well as personally. It will be a challenging experience that will require continuous commitment, improvement and effort, but by giving your best, you will be rewarded”, María Francisca Perelló expressed to the holders.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation, in collaboration with I-Con Sports, created the Study and Play program in 2015, with the aim to give Spanish young athletes the opportunity to combine their studies with a sport career, entering universities in the United States, where university sport has a major importance in society. The Rafa Nadal Foundation has awarded more than 70 young athletes with grants worth $ 345,000, an additional economic aid to the grants offered by the American universities.