(5-3-21) A new post-graduate football school located in Marion, Indiana now offers new opportunities to athletes who need to fine tune their abilities on the field and in the classroom.

Programs like this are becoming increasingly popular in the US, besides post graduate schools geared towards a particular sport…high schools like this continue to sprout up as well as many athletes transfer from their home schools. It is a new world in athletics…many options for the student-athlete to consider.

From the school’s website.

About Liberty Prep Sports Academy

Liberty Prep Sports Academy is a Christian post graduate (PG) prep school/Juco located in Marion, IN. We are dedicated to helping young men reach their full potential in every aspect of life. Here at LPSA we believe that if we can get the student athletes to grow as men off the field they will receive their heart’s desires on the field. Our goal is to be elite at everything we do, from the classroom, to community involvement, to the practice field, to the game. We will cut no corners and will push our players to become the men God has called them to be. Our football and support staff go above and beyond to make sure our players are ready mentally, physically, and socially to play at a four year institution.

We understand it is every player’s desire to get a scholarship to a four year school right out of high school, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen for everyone. LPSA will do everything in our power to make sure the players who want to go on and play somewhere that they have the option to. We use the acronym TOUGH to represent our five foundational principals: Transparent Optimistic Unconditional God 1st and Honor. We believe a TOUGH individual is someone who strives to apply all five of these principals everyday because tough times call for TOUGH people.

Paul Funches, the Head Coach and developer of Liberty Prep Sports Academy, will kick-off the Freedmen’s first season this fall. The new post graduate school is dedicated to football and helping players to enhance their chances after high school graduation to improve their chances of acquiring a college scholarship at a four-year school.

The first year plan is in place and ready to go…

The first schedule is already in place, the athletes will attend Ivy Tech in Marion and home games will be played at Marion High School’s Dick Lootens Stadium. Players will stay in converted dorms around the city of Marion.

Funches is hoping to have around 55 players on the roster before players officially report to school.

Cost  to attend Liberty Prep

  • $1,500-Roster Fee (due upon signing)
  • $2,300 Housing/ Meals due June 10th)
  • $2,700 -Administration Fee (due upon arrival)

​Total Cost of Attendance $6,500/ yr 

The Freedmen will play their inaugural game on August 22nd against ALN Sports Prep Academy in Indianapolis.