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Bill Purcell and Brian Schrader Soccership Fund

 Competition. Friendship. Family. Fun. 

All of these words define the spirit of the Celtics’ culture. We are a collection of teams dedicated to these values and inspired by all those who possess them. Our kids are blessed by dedicated parents and coaches, terrific teammates which equates to a wonderfully supportive community. That is who we are.

Bill Purcell, a parent and “Founding Father” of the Celtics in our community, perfectly personified the above attributes; Brain Schrader, a thirteen year old “happy go lucky” Celtics player, loved soccer and embraced our culture. Tragically, both individuals were taken away from us in recent years. It is in Bill & Brians’ honor and memory that we have built the "Celtics Soccership” to teach our players the importance of Community and Charity. Our Celtics, with your help, will continue to demonstrate teamwork as they work together to share and contribute to others, just as your donation will. Soccership donations may be used for a variety of things within the club, including but not limited to: financial assistance for club player fees, subsidizing summer camp costs, and covering operational expenses that will further allow the club to spread its culture throughout the community. 
To contribute to the Bill Purcell & Brian Schrader “Soccership” Fund please contact:  
Mary-Carol Tlusty, FNBC Bank & Trust 
620 West Burlington Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525  
Email: [email protected]
Checks should be made payable to ‘Bill Purcell & Brian Schrader Soccership Fund.’ 

We remain inspired by Bill Purcell’s example and Brian Schrader’s engagement. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts.

Thank you for considering this opportunity! 

The Bill Purcell & Brian Schrader “Soccership” Fund falls under the La Grange Celtics Sports Foundation which is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Financial Assistance


The Celtics Soccer Club is committed to providing an affordable competitive soccer program. In addition, Celtics encourages camaraderie, confidence, pride, and team spirit. Because of these strong beliefs, as long as funds are available from donations received and/or fundraising activities conducted by the club, Celtics will make scholarships available to qualifying players and their families. If at all possible, no player who wishes to play soccer and participate in the Celtics Soccer Club will be denied due to financial hardship.  

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • Any family may apply if an economic barrier could prevent a player from enjoying and playing soccer. 

  • Financial need will be the only determinant in receiving a scholarship from the Bill Purcell & Brian Schrader Soccership Fund. Proof of need shall be included with the application to allow for full consideration of awarding a scholarship and to assist in verifying the level of financial need. This information will be reviewed discreetly and confidentially. Proof may include:  any player currently receiving government assistance such as welfare or free/reduced lunch subsidy records, income tax records or pay stubs, and/or a written sample of an individual’s situation. 

  • Scholarships are granted for one season at a time. Players with continued need will be required to reapply each season. 

Normally, no scholarship will be awarded to cover the cost of the uniforms, camps or travel costs for coaches. However, there may be some extreme circumstances where a child may receive additional assistance. In the event a child meets the Federal Poverty Guidelines as reflected in the Federal Register, a child may receive more financial assistance; However, funds are limited. Unfortunately, player travel expenses cannot be covered in the scholarship. A Celtics Scholarship will not cover cost of additional items purchased, such as socks, equipment bags, practice gear, or other non-uniform items. 

Applications for scholarships are available for both seasons. These Applications must be submitted prior to June 15 for the Fall Season and January 15 for the Spring Season. It is unlikely scholarship funds will remain available for those who apply after these dates.   

 Click here for an application if you feel your player meets the above criteria. Contact David Rout with questions at [email protected].

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