Micah Straight, Executive Director
Micah and his family have lived in Philadelphia for the past decade. In addition to directing Soccer Shots, he works with newborn to 5-year-old children as a pediatric physical therapist.
Micah grew up playing competitive soccer in Northern Virginia. He was a member of the Olympic Development team in high school and served as a coach and referee for youth soccer leagues. He went on to play at Messiah College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He moved to Philadelphia in 1998 to complete a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Drexel University.
Micah has a passion for the positive development of children and adolescents. He believes in the power of a mentor in a young child’s life and value the role soccer can play in positively impacting the health and development of children, their families, and their communities.
Thomas Rockett, Director
Thomas is a graduate of Eastern University with a master’s in urban studies and community development. Over the past three years, he has provided therapeutic support to elementary school children with behavioral needs in the Philadelphia School District. Thomas also volunteers with a summer recreation program for urban children in the Francisville neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Thomas’s first connection to sports as a child was through organized soccer leagues. The exciting environment of soccer grew into a great passion for all sports. In college, he played on an intramural soccer team at Louisiana State University.
Lastly, Thomas has a desire to see children grow in character and skill through their interactions and the challenges of the beautiful game.
Erica Graves, Director
Erica grew up in Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Fitchburg State University. She completed her International Studies minor while studying abroad at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.Soccer has been a part of Erica’s life for as long as she can remember. Starting at the age of 5, Erica has played for many soccer teams including her college women’s team. The sport has also allowed her to travel the world when her team placed third in the Youth Friendship games in Holland.
Erica has described her involvement with the sport as an opportunity to travel the country and the world while making friendships that have lasted a lifetime and learning what it means to work as a team. She is grateful for what soccer has done in her life and excited to be working with Soccer Shots and the sport she loves.
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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.
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.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. 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.