Pierre Pont, Regional Director
Pierre was born in Geneva, Switzerland before spending the majority of his youth moving and traveling around the world, where he quickly developed a passion for the game of soccer. After settling down in the DC metro area, where he has resided for the previous 17 years, soccer became synonymous with his life. Pierre was an All-Met selection with perennial regional and state champions Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He was also a member of the nationally ranked club team Bethesda Internationals, as well as a 3-year member with D.C. United’s U-20 team. He went on to continue his career as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s team at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After a few seasons at UMBC he transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a B.A. Growing up, soccer has always been more than just a game, it has been fundamental in his growth as a person, and he has been fortunate to see first hand the profound effect that the beautiful game has throughout the world. Pierre has been a member of the Soccer Shots family since March 2014 and loves having the opportunity to impact children by sharing his passion for soccer.
Email Address: [email protected]
Phone Number: (202) 320-6680
Adam Ekwall, Program Coordinator
Adam is native of Howard County, MD. He played recreational soccer throughout high school, and played club soccer at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. He is currently attending UMUC acquiring his Master’s degree in Cyber Security Technology. Soccer has always been a passion of Adam’s and he has always enjoyed teaching kids how to play. Adam has been a member of the Soccer Shots family since January 2015 as a pastime coach in Howard County, but recently became full time as of July 2017. Soccer Shots allowed him to bring his love of soccer and the love of teaching together, allowing him the opportunity to impact our youth in a positive way.
Email Address: [email protected]
Camilo Beltran, Executive Director
Camilo is a former Maryland regional and state champion soccer player from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Camilo also grew up playing for the Bethesda Soccer Club where he won multiple championships and accolades. Camilo attended University of Maryland College Park where he majored in finance with a minor in marketing and Spanish business culture. Camilo has been coaching youth soccer in Northern Virginia for more than six years. His positions have included the Potomac School in Mclean, the Great Falls High Performance Academy, and NCSL and WAGS travel teams for the Reston Soccer Association. Camilo holds a USSF D License.
Email Address: [email protected]
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer. (Read more about the Soccer Shots Foundation here).
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Soccer Shots Foundation
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. The Soccer Shots Foundation, our non-profit entity, allows us to impact more children who may not typically have the same opportunities.
Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.