Thank you Tracey and Rob Draper for making their first-ever gift to The Darlington Fund last year!
Tracey and Rob are parents to Chandler, a sophomore resident student.
“Once Chandler left for Darlington and we became empty nesters, we sold our house, downsized, and moved across the bridge to Melbourne Beach, Florida,” said the Drapers, who have worked at L3Harris for 27 years - Tracey as a senior program manager and Robert as a senior software engineer.
Chandler came to Darlington to be part of the Soccer Academy after attending a summer camp led by Chad Liddle in June of 2021.
“Both Chandler and his older sister (Riley, now a senior at Furman University) attended a small private school in Melbourne which we are extremely invested in," said the Drapers. "After contacting that school and hearing their great reviews of Darlington (they even benchmark themselves off Darlington every few years), Chandler made the difficult, yet exciting decision to start Darlington as a freshman, to get the most benefit from the boarding and Soccer Academy experience.”
The Drapers love that Chandler is getting high academics and college prep along with the high-level training through the Soccer Academy.
While it can be challenging to stay involved given the distance, the Drapers said they try to stay connected by attending opening week events and school-wide events throughout the year.
“I also took over the parent chat group for the U17 and U19 boys soccer teams on the Signal app," said Tracey. "With so many players from far away, we try to keep all the parents connected and informed on their kids' activities related to the Soccer Academy.”
The Drapers shared that they give back to The Darlington Fund because of their son's experience. “We see the wonderful experiences Chandler is having, the personal growth he has made, and the commitment he is making toward his grades and his aspirations to play college soccer," they said. "We know giving to The Darlington Fund helps students like Chandler and others achieve those dreams and goals.”
Thank you to the Drapers for continuing to support The Darlington Fund!