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BSC Buddy Camp was founded in 2013 by Jacob Cohen, a travel soccer player from Philadelphia, PA. When volunteering at the Variety Club of Philadelphia, Jacob observed that many of the children he was working with demonstrated a real enjoyment of the game of soccer and felt that, like him, these kids would likely enjoy the opportunity to receive more specialized training. At the same time he felt that many of his soccer friends would gain a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment out of helping other kids. With the help of the Ukranian Nationals Soccer Club, the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, and many of his teammates as volunteers, Jacob was able to create Jacob’s Camp.
After three successful summers of holding camp, Jacob looked to expand to the Washington, DC metro area. When contacting some family friends in DC, Jacob was connected to Hale Lieberman, a soccer player who, like Jacob, was 15 years old at the time. Hale had volunteered with Special Olympics in the past, and thought that the camp was an awesome idea. He brought the idea to the staff of Bethesda Soccer Club who were generous enough to offer sponsorship of the camp. From 2016 to 2018, Jacob and Hale held camp in both Philadelphia and Bethesda.
In the fall of 2018, both Hale and Jacob left home to begin their first semesters of college. In anticipation of their busy schedules in summers to come, they decided to pass management of the camp over to Bethesda Soccer Club and step down into remote advisory roles. In 2019, the camp was renamed BSC Buddy Camp, and Bethesda Soccer Club began their transition to management. Hale is now in a remote advisory role, and Dana Hyde, a BSC parent has become the lead organizer of the 2020 camp.
Hale is 19 years old and is currently finishing his second semester at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a Finance major, a center back for the Men’s Soccer Team, and a member of the Western Pennsylvania Special Olympics Planning Committee.
In the spring of 2018, Hale graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland. Before graduating, he captained the Men’s Soccer Team to their first 4A state championship in 13 years as well as playing Basketball and Volleyball for the Barons.
Hale also spent 13 years as a player for Bethesda Soccer Club and served on the club’s Player Advisory Committee.
Founder and Remote Advisor
Jacob is 19 years old finishing his first year at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is majoring in business and pursuing a minor in applied statistics. Before college, he played club soccer for 12 years, ending his youth soccer career at FC Montco in Philadelphia, PA. Jacob graduated from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, PA in 2018, serving as captain of his varsity soccer team in his senior year. Additionally, he was the president of the Student Council and National Honor Society.