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Aspire Atlantic 5Stars

About
Us

Aspire Atlantic

Aspire Atlantic is a USA University Sports Scholarship 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

Boldy Go
Switched on and engaged
Have Fun
Shared Passion

MEET THE TEAM

Tamryn White

Operations Manager

Tamryn received a Tennis and Hockey Scholarship to St Andrews School for Girls. Following high school, she earned a Degree in Sports Psychology with Honours in Sports Management at the University of Johannesburg. Tamryn is passionate about people, sports and is always ready to put her energy into getting the job done no matter how big or small the task. During her time at USA Scholarships and Aspire Atlantic, Tamryn has built thousands of relationships with Universities and Coaches in the USA, and is your go-to girl if you wish to study internationally!

Lindi-Amore Steenkamp

Student Account Manager

Lindi graduated from The University of Pretoria with a BCom Sport Management Degree. 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 ensures that our athletes’ dreams become a reality.

Chase Brierley

Student Account Manager

Chase brings with him a fresh perspective and loads of enthusiasm. Upon completion of his high school career, Chase pursued his degree in Sports Development at the University of Johannesburg. Majoring in Human Movement Studies and equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge, Chase puts his body and mind to work, helping students hone their skills on and off the field. Working with students and assisting them in achieving the unthinkable brings him great joy and excitement.

Keegan Lazarus

Student Account Manager

Keegan has the expertise and experience of being a student-athlete in the USA, where he studied a BSc in Psychology and Counseling at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. Keegan attended on a soccer scholarship, and knows well the challenges a student will face when going to study broad – and so he is perfectly placed to help and guide each student on their individual path to success in the USA. Keegan’s passion for sports and development can be traced all the way back to his days as a volunteer youth coach in both South Africa and the USA, where he allowed his drive and love for sport to take over.

Rynard Wakefield

Head of Sports 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.

Nicol Degenaar

Sports Recruiter

Nicol has been a sports enthusiast since day one. After completing high school, he studied B.Sc Human Movement and Physiology at North-West University, where he also started working as a sport analyst. He lived out his love for sport by competing in 14 sports disciplines throughout his career, where he competed at university and National level. His passion for students is contagious, with a drive to give every Student-Athlete the opportunity they deserve. 

Talia Swartbooi

Sports Recruiter

During her schooling career, Talia played for the Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC) Football Club, competing in the Sasol League – the top women’s league in South Africa. Talia earned a sports scholarship at the University of Johannesburg, allowing her to further both her academic and athletic careers, before jetting off to the USA on a soccer scholarship. Talia took the NJCAA route, beginning her career at Owens Community College, where she was named in the All-American Team at the end of her second season. She transferred to St Andrews University in North Carolina, where she continued her student-athlete career – graduating with a degree in BA Sports Management. Talia is devoted to assisting future student-athletes to elevate their athletic careers while expanding their worldview through the American College experience. 

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.

Brad latilla-Campbell

Marketing Specialist

​Brad grew up and attended high school in Johannesburg, South Africa, before heading to the USA to study in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating with a BA in Social Studies from Harvard, he spent his free time helping students follow in his footsteps, by counselling them on how to study in the USA. Brad is a sports fanatic and has a steadfast belief in the quality of a USA degree, meaning he works with a burning desire to help as many student-athletes as possible achieve their dreams.

Matthew Carvell

Head of Golf

Matthew Carvell attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated Cum Laude with a Business Management degree. Matt is one of only 10 college players to shoot a round of 60, winning 1 tournament and finishing in the top 10 twelve times during his NCAA Division 1 college career. After graduating, Matt turned professional, playing on the Sunshine Tour for 8 seasons and the Canadian Tour for one year. Not only does Matthew bring expert knowledge to Aspire Atlantic’s team, he is passionate about giving young golfers the opportunity to play top level golf, compete against future professionals and obtain a degree from world class USA Universities.

Tyler

Tyler Hollingsworth

Founder

Tyler is a South African entrepreneur and co-founder of Aspire Atlantic. Tyler grew up in South Africa, where he earned a soccer scholarship to the USA and pursued a BSc Finance degree at Gannon University. Beyond University, Tyler spent two years working in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for Research Underwriters Insurance before moving back to South Africa in 2015. His passion for sports and desire to help others fulfill their dreams sparked the creation of Aspire Atlantic.

WHY SA NEEDS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If South Africa is to compete with other developed nations such as China, India, Russia and Brazil, we need to get our best and brightest students the best education possible that exposes them to environments where they can learn from, and experience systems abroad. The best way to learn is through experience, and once the students have lived abroad and have an innate understanding of how things work, many of them will come back to South Africa and implement their skills here. Tyler Hollingsworth, Co-founder of Aspire Atlantic, won himself a soccer scholarship to the USA, after graduation he spent two years in the Finance industry learning from the American. In 2015 he came back to South Africa, brought what he learnt home and started a business that provides students with the same opportunities he had. We are a platform for change, not only in the lives of the students but for the future of the nation.