News from Cate School
updated: Feb 06, 2013, 2:13 PM
By Cate School
Cate soccer standout Joshua Yaro signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to
attend Georgetown University in front of the Cate student body and faculty on
February 6. The co-captain of the soccer team, Joshua has been named to the All-
CIF Division 7 first team the past two seasons and helped lead the team to
consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles and Cate School's first ever CIF
Southern California Regional Tournament appearance last season. He will join
former teammates Ema Boateng '13 (UC Santa Barbara) and Avery Schwartz '12 (Yale
University) at the NCAA Division I level.
Yaro, a native of Ghana, came to Cate four years ago from the Right to Dream
Academy, a sports, education, and leadership program based in Ghana that helps
underprivileged youth with academic promise attain higher education.
"Joshua is the embodiment of hard work, perseverance, and courage," says
Athletic Director Wade Ransom. "Having taken the bold step to leave his native
country in order to pursue a top-notch education and hone his soccer skills at
Cate, he has proven it is possible to achieve one's highest goals both
athletically and academically. I am excited for Joshua to take this next step,
and make the most of the opportunities in front of him."
Yaro took the signing opportunity to express gratitude to the teachers, coaches,
and friends who have supported him during his years at Cate. "I want to give a
big thank-you for being a part of my life," he said. He added: "I also want to
thank Georgetown University for giving me this wonderful opportunity."
Georgetown's head soccer coach Brian Wiese was quick to echo Yaro's sentiments.
"We're so excited for Josh to join us on the Hilltop this fall. We believe he
is one of the best defenders in the country and should make an immediate impact
in our backline. The coaches and teachers at Cate School have prepared his for
life both on the pitch and in the classroom. Josh will be a great addition to
An NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI
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