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Aydan Singleton Named First Recipient of the Trey Blackshear Scholarship

By Bernadette O'Donnell -, 07/22/20, 10:30AM EDT


Ibis Foundation scholarship founded in memory of late TFC Academy player

STATESBORO, Ga. - South Georgia Tormenta FC and the Ibis Foundation are pleased to announce that Aydan Singleton is the first recipient of the Trey Blackshear Scholarship. The annual scholarship was established by the Ibis Foundation in memory of the late TFC Academy player.

Singleton will compete with the Tormenta FC Academy Girls 2008 team. This is Singleton’s first season with TFC Academy and says Blackshear was her inspiration for joining the academy.

“Trey Blackshear was an amazing individual in all aspects of life and that also includes his play on the soccer field,” TFC Academy Director of Operations Brad Nein said. “In memory of Trey, we are so excited to award Aydan Singleton with funding for the 2020/2021 soccer season."

Trey Blackshear, a resident of Bluffton, South Carolina, tragically passed away in December 2019 at the age of 18 due to gun violence. Blackshear was a member of TFC Academy for the previous four years and played for the U19 Academy team in 2019.

“The Ibis Foundation is honored to provide this scholarship in memory of Trey Blackshear,” Executive Director of The Ibis Foundation Mike Panter said. “We felt it was important to hear from the Blackshear family on how to make the biggest impact. At the family’s request, this scholarship will provide opportunities for Tormenta FC Academy players for years to come.”

The Ibis Foundation continues to accept donations in memory of Blackshear which will go towards funding one chosen TFC Academy player’s team and uniform fees each year.

Tormenta FC Academy and The Ibis Foundation work together to promote the sport of soccer throughout South Georgia and the Low Country by providing resources and training opportunities to local youth at a significantly lower cost.

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