About Us

WHAT WE DO

The EDP Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the advancement, education, and career development of both boys and girls soccer players by providing opportunities to grow and prosper. This organization is a vital resource dedicated to establishing connections between athletics and education beyond high school. Our programs are designed to inform and inspire athletes to attend college, trade, or technical school. Learn how you can share in the Foundation’s mission and help to better the lives of our youth.

Mission

To enable young soccer players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on college or educational opportunities by providing a full range of the highest quality soccer-related experiences. We aim to empower each player by creating connections that help them to achieve their collegiate goals.

Vision

To deliver opportunities for EDP Clubs, coaches, parents and players by:
• Providing access and connections to college for all young athletes, regardless of circumstance
• Raising awareness among young athletes considering a career in soccer after high school
• Educating young athletes of their collegiate opportunities, as well as the advantages of earning a college degree

Goals and Objectives

• Organize EDP league games on college campus each calendar year
• Host 4 college showcase brackets/seminars each calendar year
• EDP Cup Spring & EDP Cup Fall Showcase – 2 Boys and 2 Girls
• Run an annual college prep camp for boys and girls
• Partner with EDP on the EDP College Combine
• Award academic scholarships based on character and sportsmanship

HOW TO GET INVOLED

You can make a difference in a young athlete’s life. Discover the ways that you can get involved and get the word out about the EDP Foundation and its programs. Contact us to learn more.

Email Us: info@edpfoundation.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter Gooding

Chairman
Former President, United Soccer Coaches
Former Director of Athletics, Amherst College
Gooding is a former Amherst College Men’s Soccer Coach and Athletic Director. He served as President of the United Soccer Coaches (USC) as well as their Director of Coaching. Currently, Peter is a senior staff coach for the USC Academy Program, which he helped initiate and design. Gooding has received several accolades, including the Honor Award by the USC, the USC Merit Award, the prestigious Bill Jeffrey Award, and has been inducted into the Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

Elsa Shilling

Treasurer
Accounting & HR Manager, EDP Soccer
After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in Ecuador, Elsa relocated to study at Rutgers University for her Master’s degree in Economics. In 1992, Elsa found employment in the Translations and Mutual Funds Departments at Bloomberg LP in Manhattan. Following 21 years at Bloomberg, Elsa transitioned into the soccer industry. Mrs. Shilling established the accounting department at SAJE Enterprises LLC, playing an integral role in the development of SAJE and EDP Soccer.

Bohdan Porytko

Secretary
Executive Director of Programming, EDP Soccer
Bohdan Porytko has spent two decades evolving competitive platforms for youth soccer, including creating MAPS, the first successful northeastern league for regional play. Mr. Porytko is President of CJYSA, and serves on the Boards of New Jersey Youth Soccer and US Adult Soccer's Region One, in addition to his primary role as Programming Director for EDP Soccer. Prior to that, Mr. Porytko was General Counsel of Levelor Lorentzen Inc., a staff attorney at ADP Inc., and an associate at Pitney Hardin & Szuch.

Steve Shilling

Program Consultant & Liaison with EDP Soccer
President, EDP Soccer
President, SAJE Enterprises, LLC
Steve Shilling has spent the last 18 years developing youth soccer in New Jersey. He is currently President of SAJE Enterprises and EDP Soccer, a company which he also founded. Steve also serves as a member of US Soccer and is involved with USASA, United States Youth Soccer and New Jersey Youth Soccer. Prior to his involvement with youth soccer, Mr. Shilling was an economics professor after gaining his Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University.

Blake Henry

Finance Committee
CEO, Silver Management
Blake Henry joined EDP in 2014 to advance its mission of empowering young people to achieve their full potential. Mr. Henry is CEO of Silver Management, an investment services technology company he founded in 1991. Prior to founding Silver, he was a Computer Programmer for IBM Corporation and CACI Field Services. Mr. Henry played soccer and studied management information systems (MIS) at Drexel University prior to earning his B.S. in Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Dean

Program Consultant
Executive Vice President, Gate 1 Travel
Robin Dean is a long-time supporter of EDP and its mission. Mr. Dean was formerly Executive Director for West Windsor Plainsboro Soccer Association (WWPSA), where he also served as a Board Member. Mr. Dean is a Partner and Executive Vice President of Gate 1 Travel, a leading international tour operator. Prior to joining Gate 1 in 1995, Mr. Dean spent 10 years in the tourism business in New York. Mr. Dean earned an MA in Theology from the University of Cambridge in England.

Nancy Feldman

Program Consultant
Head Coach, Boston University Women’s Soccer
Nancy Feldman is entering her 23rd season as head coach of women’s soccer at Boston University. Her stature in the coaching profession has led her to several leadership roles on numerous national committees including the National Chairperson of the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-American Committee from 1989-95, and the NCAA Regional Selection Committee from 92-95. Feldman also holds a USSF “B” License, has received her Advanced National Diploma from the USC and is on the staff for the USC National Coaching Academy.