March 23, 2021
Dear Soccer Aficionados,
Menaul School is honored to be providing a home for the innovative partnership between UDA, an experienced organization of educators who provide opportunities to earn a degree while playing in a soccer academy, and Menaul School, 125-year-old college preparatory school. Personally, I am thrilled. I love the “beautiful game” and although my administrative duties currently get in the way, I love coaching soccer.
I coached club and prep school teams in the US and Honduras. I have been fortunate to have great success leading teams to state championships and international tournaments. Four of my children played college-level soccer. I have witnessed the power of soccer to motivate students and build character. I believe the presence of UDA’s high-level athletics and our innovative curriculum will create a wonderful environment for students both academically and athletically.
Our school is a great hub for this opportunity for many reasons:
- First and foremost, Menaul School provides high-level 21st-century academics that prepare students to thrive in universities, in their careers, and in life.
- Our students excel at top universities across the globe, and we provide college guidance to help them achieve their goals.
- We employ full-time dorm parents and residential staff to ensure our students are safe and focused on academic success.
- We are a hub to access high-quality soccer competitions, including in surrounding states such as Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
- We have ample practice spaces and are creating a first-class soccer pitch as well as turf soccer training fields.
- We have close access to all the urban amenities of a big city, but our campus is cozy with green grass, open spaces, tall trees, and buildings for classrooms, dormitories, and gymnasiums.
I look forward to creating an academic home for you to obtain a World Smart education while you pursue your soccer ambitions.
Mr. Lindsey R. Gilbert, Jr.
President/Head of School