Since 2008, Striker Partners has managed several sport & education focused initiatives related to the sport of soccer. We use both for-profit and not-for-profit activities to achieve our goals:
- Providing opportunity through education
- Positively impacting the American soccer landscape through player development
Since 2011, Striker has managed, on behalf of various Graham family affiliates, a significant ownership position in the Major League Soccer franchise Philadelphia Union. In addition to providing direct financial support to the club, Striker and YSC Sports provide strategic and operational support to the Union Youth Development Program, which operates a nationally recognized, elite youth soccer academy (for boys aged 8-18).
Founded in 2013, YSC Academy is a first of its kind soccer-specific high school providing a rigorous secondary education to student-athletes in grades 8-12. YSC Academy is an affiliate partner of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and provides elite youth academy soccer players an opportunity to pursue their education while competing and training at the top level of the sport.
Founded in 2008, YSC is a 120,000 square foot, for profit, soccer-focused sports facility located in Wayne, PA with indoor and outdoor state of the art synthetic soccer fields. YSC offers soccer programs for youth and adults including league play, field rental, clinics, tournaments, and soccer education programs.
YSC Sports reinvests 100% of its profits to help fund Philadelphia Union Academy, which is offered free of cost to all players who are selected to participate.