STATESBORO, Ga. – South Georgia Tormenta FC and The Ibis Foundation are pleased to announce that Grady Shiver, Audrey Jane Moryl, Tucker Brodnax and Yatzil Roldan are the 2023 recipients of the JonPaul Gonzalez Scholarship. In addition, the scholarship will fund new equipment to benefit the whole Academy. The annual scholarship was established by The Ibis Foundation in memory of the late TFC Academy player.
Coaches and Team Managers nominated players based on excellent training attendance and parents that are involved in helping their team and the club.
Shiver will compete with the Tormenta FC Academy 2007 Boys Ibis Statesboro team, Jane Moryl will compete with the Tormenta FC Academy 2010 Girls DPL team, Brodnax will compete in the 2005/06 Tormenta FC Academy Boys Ibis team and Roldan will feature for the Tormenta FC Academy 2012 Girls Ibis team.
“JonPaul loved the game of soccer and being a part of Tormenta. His teammates were like family, and we have so many memories of watching them grow on and off the field for over 10 years. We are honored that the money raised in memory of JP will provide scholarships and equipment for Tormenta players.”Christina Galbreath-Gonzalez
JonPaul, a Bluffton, South Carolina native, passed away in a tragic car accident on Dec. 4, 2021. JP was a member of Tormenta FC Academy for a decade, and his family has been heavily involved with the club since its founding.
“A great friend, leader, and soccer player; JP stood for all that is good in growing up in an amazing family that is committed to each other’s successes. We loved having JP as a member of the Tormenta Family and will forever cherish the warm memories we all made together on and off the soccer field.”Brad Nein, Tormenta FC Academy Vice President
The Ibis Foundation continues to accept donations in memory of Gonzalez which will go towards funding player scholarships and equipment for the academy.
“The Ibis Foundation is honored to provide this scholarship in memory of JP Gonzalez. We felt it was important to hear from the Gonzalez 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.”Francis Desidero, President of The Ibis Foundation
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.