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ASPIRE ATLANTIC

Aspire Atlantic is a USA University Sports Recruitment Consultancy. We bridge the gap between talent and opportunity for students aspiring to study in America. Students using our services are assisted by expert recruitment consultants throughout the entire USA university procurement process. Aspire Atlantics students are quickly linked up to USA institutions that best suit their academic, athletic and financial needs.

Our full-time staff members are dedicated to supporting students and their families throughout the process. We help educate students and parents about the university process and provides them with the right tools to choose universities that best-fit their needs.

Our staff is dedicated to bettering the lives of students and making the USA university sports scholarship admissions process as stress-free and rewarding as possible.​

OUR CORE VALUES

Boldly Go
Switched on and Engaged
Have Fun
Shared Passion
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WHY WE HELP STUDENTS STUDY ABROAD

If students want to compete in a global job market with people from China and India, they need to gain exposure to different environments where they can learn from systems and experts outside their sphere of influence.

The best way for students to learn is through experience. Once they have lived abroad and have an innate understanding of different systems and societal functions, many will return home and implement these skill sets, providing much-needed diversity of thought to their home countries.

Tyler Hollingsworth, founder of Aspire Atlantic, won himself a USA university soccer scholarship, after which he spent two years in the Finance industry learning from the Americans. In 2015 he returned to home, where he brought back what he had learnt and started a business that provides students with the same opportunities he had.

We are a platform for change, not only in the students' lives but for the future of a prosperous and inclusive world.

THE TEAM

Aqeelah Boomgaard

Assistant Success Coach

Aqeelah graduated in 2017 with a Degree in Sports Communication with Honours in Sports Management from the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded her Protea colours for representing South Africa at World Cheerleading Championships in 2017 and 2019; she is an internationally recognised gymnastics coach and qualified judge. Her love for the sport continues to grow and is evident in her determination to help young people achieve their goals and realise their dreams!

KEEGAN LAZARUS

STUDENT SUCCESS COACH

Keegan’s love for sports began before he could even walk, soccer was his first love and this led him to represent his province for numerous years during his high school career. Keegan’s talent and dedication to his education and sport earned him a scholarship to attend college and play soccer in the USA. Keegan obtained a Psychology and Counseling degree while being a student-athlete for 4 years, this experience is an advantage while helping current high school students navigate and plan to study in the USA. Keegan’s passion and drive to help these young athletes is what makes him an asset to work with.

Keegan Lazarus

Annemi Vermaak

Student Success Coach

Annemi has loved sports from a very young age when she achieved provincial colours in 4 different sports. This passion led her to gain officiating certifications in Track and Field, Hockey, Netball, Swimming and Rugby. Currently, she is working towards a Master's in Sports Neuroscience and Psychology. To this day, Annemi is an avid cyclist, swimmer and runner, and believes that sports, health and fitness is a lifestyle and should be incorporated into every person's existence as they strive for happiness and longevity.

Lindi Steenkamp

LINDI-AMORE STEENKAMP

SENIOR STUDENT SUCCESS COACH

Lindi graduated from The University of Pretoria with a BCom Sports Management Degree and obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at UNISA. Her passion for sports and desire to help young students inspired her to join the Aspire Atlantic Team. Lindi is an absolute sports fanatic; she was part of the Mpumalanga Provincial Athletics and Netball teams. This passion for sports and students and the relationships she has built with US coaches during her time at Aspire thus far ensure that her student-athletes dreams become a reality.

NICOL DEGENAAR

SPORTS RECRUITER

Nicol has been a sports enthusiast since day one. His passion for students is contagious, with a drive to allow every Student-Athlete to live out their dreams at a world-class institution. After completing his B.sc Degree in Human Movement and Physiology at North-West University, he started working as a sport and video analyst to get athletes to their peak performance. He lived out his love for the sport by competing in 14 sports disciplines throughout his career, giving him the experience to help every Student-athletes succeed.

Nicol Degenaar

ANDREA DALLE AVE

SPORTS RECRUITER

Andrea has a huge passion for sports and helping children. Andrea grew up in Johannesburg and during his final year of high school, turned professional as a Track and Field athlete. Andrea’s glittering career resulted in him becoming a Paralympian, competing at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic games. He also competed at 4 World Championships, medalling at 2 of them and participated in the Commonwealth Games in 2014. During his career, he completed a Business Management Degree and has a drive to guide the up and coming South African student-athletes to follow in his footsteps and achieve their wildest dreams.

Andrea Dalle Ave

Roxanne Els

SPORTS RECRUITER

Growing up in 5 different countries, I had the pleasure of a multicultural upbringing which gave me a unique worldview and an interest in meeting new people. With a Bachelor of Business from the Blue Mountains Hotel School in Australia, I am passionate about education and helping students experience the wonders of studying overseas like I had the pleasure of doing.

Matthew Carvell

SPORTS RECRUITER

Matt played numerous sports growing up, excelling at tennis, soccer and cricket at an early age. Towards the end of his high school career, golf became his primary focus. After a successful gap year, he obtained a golf scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated Cum Laude with a Degree in Business Management. A golfing highlight was a win in the Chattanooga Invitational, where he shot a career-best 60 (12-under par). This is an NCAA record that still stands today. Matt also had numerous NCAA D1 top 10s finishes in his college career. After university, he competed on the Sunshine Tour, Canadian Tour and Asian Tour for ten years. During that time, he assisted aspiring golfers, sourcing suitable scholarships and university placements. Matt still plays socially and is passionate about the college route and the opportunities it creates for kids.

RYNARD WAKEFIELD

HEAD OF STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Rynard is our go-to recruiter who works with student-athletes and their families to make their dreams of accessing the best universities, while they pursue a career in college sports a reality. As a former professional sportsman himself, he knows what drives students to obtain international exposure in their respective sport. Understanding education is key. Rynard holds a Bachelor of Sport Sciences from the University of Pretoria and was also inducted into the Golden Key Society for top academic achievements. Rynard has been in the shoes of many students he interacts with and also has the passion of the parents at heart with his own young family and two little boys

Rynard Wakefield

TAMRYN WHITE

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Tamryn's love for sports has been evident from a young age, she was fortunate to receive a Hockey and Tennis Scholarship to attend St Andrew's High School for Girls, where she excelled at the provincial level. Upon her matriculation, Tamryn's passion for sports and helping others set her on a path to earning a Degree in Sports Psychology with Honours in Sports Management. Having been at Aspire Atlantic for 7 years, Tamryn's experience and her dedication to assisting student-athletes to study and play college sports make her your go-to for information on studying in the USA.

Tamryn White

TYLER HOLLINGSWORTH

FOUNDER

Tyler has a BSc in Finance degree from Gannon University; he started Aspire Atlantic after deciding to follow his passion for sports and helping kids. Since becoming an entrepreneur, his company has helped over 550 students study abroad and raised over R500 million in academic and sports scholarships. Tyler was listed in Fast Company's Top 30 Under 30 and The Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South African awards.

Tyler Hollingsworth
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