Santander Soccer Scholars Program #SoccerScholars

**My family received tickets to see the New England Revolution at no charge in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Recently, my family got the chance to head over to Gillette Stadium to watch the New England Revolution take on Toronto FC. We were all really excited, especially since this was our first Revs game ever.

In case you’re unfamiliar with who the “Revs” are, the New England Revolution are our professional soccer team. They play at Gillette Stadium, which is the same stadium that the New England Patriots play at.

My family was hosted by Santander Bank and we got to watch the game from the Santander Bank suite – along with a few other Boston area bloggers and their families. The Revs mascot, Slyde, even stopped by to say hi to us during the first half of the game.

NE Revolution Game in Santander Bank Suite

Before the game started, we got to go down to the field and watch the players warm up before the game.

NE Revolution Practice on the Field

Before we headed back upstairs to the suite to watch the game, we all lined up to watch the players make their entrance on to the field. It was fun watching the kids all line up to give the players high fives as they made their way past them.

NE Revolution Players entering

It was amazing watching the game from the Santander Bank box and it truly made it a memorable experience for our family.

ne revolution game from santander box

How would you like to experience a Revs game with your family? If you have a student who’s doing well in school, you might wat to consider nominating them for the Santander Soccer Scholars program.

For the second consecutive year, Santander Bank is teaming up with the New England Revolution to honor dedicated students, ages 6 to 17. Parents are invited to submit 100 words or less highlighting their child’s finest academic achievements from the 2014-2015 school year for the chance to participate in a VIP match day experience. This year, Revolution forward Charlie Davies will serve as the official player spokesperson and face of the campaign.

Each Soccer Scholar student winner will receive:

  • 4 tickets to a designated match
  • 1 parking pass
  • Photo opportunity/meet & greet with Charlie Davies
  • Opportunity to be ball kid/participate on Revolution dream team (dependent on age)

Parents, Santander Bank wants to reward your student for all of their school accomplishments! To enter, use the entry form to submit a recent school accomplishment for the chance to win an exclusive match day experience.

HOW TO ENTER: Start by filling out the nomination form. All eligible entries received during the Contest Period will be included in the drawing for each Prize Period, subject to entry limitations. Entries must be submitted by someone 18+. Sweepstakes closes on October 1, 2015. Click here for official rules (PDF).

Who would you nominate?

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124 comments

  1. kristimaloney

    Sounds like a great opportunity to experience a Rev’s game. Glad you and your family had fun!

  2. Michele

    That must have been so much fun and I’m sure your boys got a big kick out of high fiveing the players as they came out on the field. I do love that the team is trying to get kids to excel in their schoolwork!

  3. Jaime Nicole

    Looks like a great day with the family! So happy to see businesses embrace local scholars and support sport at the same time. Go Revs!

  4. Amy Desrosiers

    Yes, it is awesome when companies support the youth who love sports. I am hoping my kids get into soccer.

  5. Pam

    I agree. I love when businesses support schools and sports programs.

  6. Avry

    What a fun experience for you guys to have! The program sounds amazing as well – good opportunity for kids to keep their grades up!

  7. beautybymissl

    What an amazing experience! I think it is really cool that Santander Bank wants to reward students for all of their school accomplishments.

  8. Planet of the Apels

    I bet the boys really loved that! How fun!

  9. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Looks like you guys had so much fun! The scholars program is fantastic for kids.

  10. Kim Delatorre (@shopwithmemama)

    Very cool that you got to experience this with your family! How fun that the kids got to line up and give the players high-fives!!! Too cool!

  11. Liz Mays

    Yeah, I love that you could see the warming up too. You get the whole experience. Neat!

  12. Debbie L.

    I agree this is a really great program for kids. Making Priceless Memories!

  13. Allison

    How fun! You all look like you had an absolute blast. This sounds like an awesome program for kids!

  14. alexisakamom0616

    What a great thing. My boys would love!

  15. Jeannette

    This looks like so much fun and that scholarship is amazing! What lucky kids!

  16. Liz Mays

    What an awesome way to experience the game! Tickets to a game are a great reward for academic accomplishments!

  17. Heather

    Looks like fun! We’ve never been to a professional soccer game. How fun to have a suite!

  18. tanjtrubiano

    Looks like a fun game and a good opportunity to spend time with family. Thanks for sharing!

  19. YellowTennessee

    Looks like that was a fun day out. My kids would love to see something like this.

  20. Crystal

    How fun! We have a MLS soccer team not too far from us, but it’s been years since we’ve seen them play live. I would love to go back!

  21. Heather

    What a fun family day out. Looks like you enjoyed it!

  22. Marybeth Hamilton

    It looks like a great day for family fun. I can’t believe how close you were to the players!

  23. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    The boys must have had a blast. That looks like a really fun time.

  24. Owen's Mom

    What a fun experience! And fabulous seats in the box to enjoy the game from. Wow.

  25. Fabgrandma

    This is such a great opportunity for the kids! We lived near Atlanta when my kids were in school, and they got tickets for every grade period that they made all A’s. We had a lot of fun going to watch baseball in person.

  26. Valerie

    This is an awesome way that Santander is giving back. Soccer is such a fun sport and allowing kids the chance to win based on their accomplishments is wonderful.

  27. Theresa

    I love that they are recognizing young scholars like this! Too bad we live too far away. I’d totally enter my girls!

  28. loisaltermark

    What a great contest! Looks like your whole family was enjoying the game!

  29. tammileetips

    What an amazing experience for you and your family!!! I love watching our Seattle soccer team!

  30. Joanne T Ferguson

    Thank you for allowing me to learn something new as I have not heard of this program before! It is great to get children involved in soccer at such a young age!

  31. SavvyMomNYC - Ker (@SavvyMomNYC)

    Looks like you and your family had a great time! It must have been awesome!

  32. becca112971

    Looks like a fun time. I like the program never knew about it before.You boys are too cute by the way.

  33. Crystal

    What a neat experience! Such a fun way to spend a day as a family, rooting on your favorite team.

  34. Christy Maurer

    What a great experience for kids! It is super that they are doing this for kids who love soccer! Great pics and thanks for sharing this!

  35. AJ @ Roaming Family

    This sounds like a really fun time! My kids would have definitely enjoyed it!

  36. Amy Desrosiers

    What a great event that I know my family would enjoy. I think it is awesome that they give back to the community too!

  37. kristinnw

    I’ve never been to a soccer game but it sounds like fun, and an exciting event. Your boys must have had a blast!!

  38. Letty (@BellaVidaLetty)

    It’s always so much fun to see sports events live. Looks like your family had a wonderful time.

  39. Jennifer

    That looks like such a fun time. Your son’s are so lucky!

  40. Jeanine

    So awesome! What a fun time. My oldest is soccer obsessed and would flip to do this!

  41. Karen Dawkins

    I don’t live in the area, but I would nominate my 17 year old son. He has a language processing disorder which made learning to read and write very difficult. This year, he successfully complete AP US History with a grade in the top 25% of the class! Kudos to the Revs for encouraging academic excellence!

  42. Jacqueline

    What a great giveaway!! It officially feels like summer, right?! I love soccer.

  43. Debbie L.

    Looks like you guys had a fun time. We have never been to a soccer game – we should check it out.

  44. Jaime

    What a fun opportunity for you and your family! Soccer is big in our area, at least at the high school level. It’s such a fun sport to watch!

  45. ogilvieronda

    awesome!! It looks like your family had a great time!! I bet your boys felt like rockstars!!

  46. dedezoomsalot900300623

    What an exciting experience for your kids! My son played soccer for the first time this spring. He loved it.

  47. Ricci

    I am almost ashamed to say that I have never watched a soccer game in person before!! Looks like y’all had a great time!!

  48. Dee Mauser

    I would nominate my son who is heavily into sports and working out daily. He’s a very sweet and hardworking 20 year old.

  49. Jacqui Odell

    Wow! This is pretty cool! I love that it’s rewarding kids that are doing great and encourage them at the same time! What a great experience.

  50. Catherine S

    It looks like you all had fun. I have never been to a soccer game. I need to take the guys to one

  51. savingcmncents

    Wow! What a great opportunity to take the whole family to a live sporting event! Soccer is probably our favorite sport to watch and play so I know my kids would give their front teeth for a trip! lol

  52. BeckyW

    What a great opportunity for your family! Looks like it was a lot of fun for you all.

  53. Jenna Wood

    How exciting, it looks like you had an amazing view of the field! I wish soccer was a bigger focus in youth athletics- I see the MLB and NFL doing so many promotions with youth, but soccer is such an engaging and team building sport too!

  54. Amanda

    How fun!! I love to take my kids to different sporting events. It’s great for them to see people playing sports especially when it’s a sport they play themselves.

  55. Kristi

    Looks like you all had a great time at the soccer game. I have never been to a professional soccer game, but have heard they are fun to watch.

  56. Melissa

    Looks like you had great seats and a great time. It looks like my family would enjoy this too!

  57. Aimee Fauci (House of Fauci's)

    What a fun event this looks like. I think it’s the perfect family get together for fun.

  58. Chubskulit Rose

    How fun for all of you specially for your boys! We have never been to any sports event ike this.

  59. Pam

    This sounds like an awesome experience. Especially for your soccer loving boys.

  60. Paula Schuck

    It looks like you had an amazing time! I would nominate my nephew because he is a huge fan.

  61. Krystal

    What a great event and day! It looks like a fun thing to do with your children.

  62. Amanda Ripsam

    Did I read that right the revs played against Toronto? Toronto is the place I was born and raised. I think it’s awesome you guys got to get picked to go. Rewarding kids who work hard in school is a great way to encourage kids to keep going.

  63. Dina

    What a great time your family had! My kids would love to go see a real soccer game. What a nice reward.

  64. Tonya Blackstone-Coleman

    That looks like a great family day out! I bet your boys loved it!

  65. Ora Lee Gurr

    How nice of Slyde to stop by and visit the booth! Professional sports are always a treat to see up close and personal – and it is hard to beat free, complimentary tickets. The Soccer Scholar event shows the community spirit of the team. It will be a great opportunity for some lucky families.

  66. Dina Demarest

    What a great experience! I would love to do something like this with my family. A Revs game sounds awesome!

  67. Amber NElson

    What a fun day out with the fam! I think that would be awesome day to spend.

  68. Trisha

    Sounds like your family had a great time! What a fabulous program for students.

  69. martinkadelux

    what a great way to reward kids! It looks like you had an awesome time, too!I would love to see a Revs game from a club box!

  70. Sarah Marturano

    Wow, this is a pretty awesome program. Looks like you all had a great time!

  71. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    I like soccer. It looks like your boys had a fun time!

  72. Shell Things (@shellthings)

    What an amazing program! We’re a huge soccer family.

  73. Allie D.

    What an awesome program! My nephews love soccer and would have a great time doing this.

  74. Amber Edwards

    Of all the sports to watch, this is the best! That would be so cool to get to watch a live soccer game!

  75. Ursula Petula Barzey

    Soccer has come a long way in the last decade. I remember attending a few Chicago Fire games and even some 2003 Women’s World Cup Games. It has gotten a lot bigger and more professional since then.

  76. Christie

    What a cool experience! My son is really into soccer right now, I know he would have loved to see that game!

  77. Stefany

    My daughter loves soccer and she would love this! She has been wanting to go to a game for a long time.

  78. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a great contest. My kids loved to play soccer when they were younger.I would love to go watch a game like that.

  79. Debbie Denny

    Looks like so much fun. That is a great reward program also.

  80. Rorybore

    sounds like a good time! I pretty sure I understand the rules of soccer, much better than I do for American football. I saw the Toronto team a few years back – it’s a fast game live, so very enjoyable to watch.

  81. way2goodlife

    What a great experience. I love that you got to do a number of activities and it semed like everyone loved it

  82. Nicole Lutzy

    Yes! My boys would love this! What cute photo’s of your boys enjoying themselves!

  83. Nicole Lutzy

    My boys love soccer. i bet they would really enjoy this – what a great time!

  84. Stillblondeafterall (@stillblondeaaty)

    what great fun for the kids to see professionals playing the game! I remember when my daughter saw REAL ballerinas for the first time, I think she finally understood the differences.

  85. Miranda (Myrabev)

    That is such a great program for students, wishing I was one again and oh yell 16 again. I am sure your family enjoyed there time.

  86. Mistee Dawn

    That looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to take my daughter to see her first big sporting event!

  87. Elizabeth O.

    How cool! This is such a great program for kids. I bet it was so fun watching the game.

  88. Rebecca Swenor

    This looks like you had an amazing time indeed watching the game from the suite. The Santander Soccer Scholars program sounds amazing and what a great way to honor excellent students. Thanks for sharing.

  89. bloodcravephotography

    How cute. Looks like fun. Sports is always fun. I have yet to go to a soccer match.

  90. rachellemama

    It looks like you guys had a great time! I would love to go see a soccer game!

  91. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Our family is not too big on sports but this place looks like a great place to go see the game. That is so cool that you were so close to them playing.

  92. Ask Coach Donna - Social Media and Blog Expert

    Wow~ What a dream for you and family – looks like you had such a great time and other bloggers that were there – plus the scholarship is fabulous!

  93. fashiongrailine

    Wow look like it was a lot of fun! My kids would love to do something like this

  94. Michele D

    That must of been a fun experience. I love Gillette Stadium. It’s a awesome place specially with the shops and restaurants near by. Miss going there with my family.

  95. traceyzimmer

    Looks like a great day with the family! I bet your boys just had a complete blast.

  96. yumeating

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time. I dont keep up with sports but I love watching pretty much all of it live. I can’t really say the same for watching it on tv.

  97. Aly Mashrah

    That is so awesome! I’m glad you guys had a great time! I’ve never been to a game before.

  98. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    This is an amazing opportunity for kids. My daughter would be thrilled as she loves playing and watching soccer

  99. simplybeingmommy

    I’ve never been to a professional soccer game but it looks like sooo much fun! I’d love to take my family to a game one day.

  100. mburbage

    Oh how fun! I have wanted to go to a game for awhile, we only catch college ones when they are close by. Always fun

  101. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Wow, that sounds like a really fun time! And what a great program!

  102. susannabarbee

    Wow! It looks like you guys had such an amazing time. I absolutely love live sporting events.

  103. toxict15

    What a cool contest. I have never been to a soccer game

  104. MyKidsGuide (@MyKidsGuide)

    This is a great program. My son would enjoy watching a soccer game and a picture with the soccer players

  105. Lorane

    It looks like you had a great time in those seats .. I know nothing about football but its always better to watch things like these live! Great Review

  106. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    It looks as if this was an exciting event. In the photos your family looks as if they had such a fun and happy time.

  107. way2goodlife

    What a fan event – I wish we go more places as a family

  108. Marina a.k.a. E.B.Mommy

    This looks like such a fun experience! My family loves getting out and doing things like this together.

  109. Mid-Atlantic Foodie

    I have never been to a soccer game like this and I so want to go! What a super cool experience!

  110. casavilorainteriors

    Soccer is big in Jamaica where I am from. My daughter was really good but my son wasn’t interested. It is great to see scholarships for kids to get involved and stay active

  111. My Organized Chaos

    We love soccer. This looks like a fun way to spend the day.Thanks for sharing.

  112. Kristin

    What fun! Love that they’re high fiving the kids!

  113. Kiwi

    This must of been some experience! I know your kids enjoyed it and this is a wonderful opportunity!

  114. Chubskulit Rose

    Must be so nice to see everything from the warm up to the line and to the actual game!

  115. Yona Williams

    Soccer is one sport that I haven’t seen a match or game live. The Scholar program sounds like a lot of fun, especially when you get to meet a real player.

  116. Eli Pacheco

    Very cool. They should have invited bloggers from the Carolinas, too. I’d have gone.

  117. jessicasimms

    This is awesome! My boys would love to win something like this, they just recently got into soccer and they would definitely love to see professionals play in person.

  118. Mystarlight

    What a great experience this would be for a kid! I know my girls would love it! I bet your family loved being in the suite.

  119. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    This must be quite an experience for your family! I would love to see a soccer game sometime.

  120. Teena in Toronto

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Toronto FC game (they play just south of where I live). Yesterday’s game got delayed for a while because of the crazy rain and lightening.

  121. Censie

    Looks fun! And I love the program. Great for schools.

  122. mythirtyspot

    This looks like a fabulous time! This giveaway is so great and the fact that it is a suite is awesome! – Erin Kennedy

  123. Gabriel Bregg

    Looks like a blast, we took our kids to their first live sporting event (a Michigan State women’s basketball game) a few months ago and they loved it.

  124. indah nuria Savitri

    what a game…and watching it from a specially designated area is super :)…

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