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2-7-22 Mental Health expert Cami Bolton joins our support staff for 2022
We are excited to welcome Mental Health expert Cami Bolton to our support staff for 2022! Cami is a licensed counselor with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. This is yet another step toward making sure we are always improving and providing the best experience for our elite athletes. You can visit camibolton.com to learn more about Cami! ⛅️ #corktownfam #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth #thebestplayhere
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12-15-21 - Corktown AFC + Michigan Hawks Partnership
Michigan-based clubs partner up to grow the women’s game
METUCHEN, NJ -- United Women’s Soccer’s member club, Corktown AFC, has announced an exciting new partnership with Michigan Hawks to grow women’s soccer and create a true player pathway to professional soccer within their organizations. Both clubs have remained female-focused since their inception and will be joining forces to make a bigger impact across the landscape of women’s soccer. This partnership includes the addition of Michele Krzisnik, Michigan Hawks Director of Coaching, joining the Corktown coaching staff. Corktown AFC will become Corktown Hawks to reflect this exciting partnership and will field teams in both UWS & UWS League Two (UWS2) in 2022.
“The Corktown AFC and Michigan Hawks partnership is monumental for the women’s soccer landscape in Michigan,” said Eddie Hudson, Owner and Director of Corktown AFC. “We are very pleased with how this amazing partnership developed and came together. Our intention is to provide the platform and the opportunities for those young ladies who are preparing themselves for collegiate and professional careers throughout the country and abroad. Together we will accomplish that.”
Founded in 2019, Corktown AFC’s vision is to bring successful female players together after their college seasons to compete in the best training and playing environment possible. The current player pool consistently comprises 70% of former Hawks players creating a homecoming atmosphere for those players coming back to train and compete in familiar surroundings. Corktown finished its 2021 season as runners-up in their conference for UWS & UWS2, nearly clinching the conference crown in a thrilling final match which consisted of double overtime & penalty kicks.
“The Michigan Hawks are excited to partner with Corktown AFC,” said Doug Landefeld, Executive Director for Michigan Hawks. “We believe that the added programming and shared vision will help our players achieve their goals. We envision this partnership expanding to provide the partners and our players with greater opportunities on and off the field for many years to come.”
From their inception in 1974, the Michigan Hawks have been a pioneer in providing young female soccer players with an unrivaled training environment and access to the most elite competitive platforms in the country. They have produced ten national championship teams and 113 young players representing their country at the youth national level. The running tally of student athletes produced by Hawks is near 1100. Their commitment to elevating the women’s game and empowering every female player in their club has reached a new height in their partnership with Corktown AFC. They will now be able to provide their players with more positive female role models and a true pathway to play at the highest level.
Proudly calling Corktown home, Corktown AFC is the premier women's pro-am soccer team of the midwest. With proven success across the club, Corktown is excited to cultivate a team of leaders on and off the field.
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Corktown AFC is the pride of Corktown's women's soccer scene. Proudly fielding both a First Team and a Reserve Team, the First Team competes in the UWS National League's Midwest Conference. The team has advanced to the playoffs in each of the past three years.
Corktown AFC paves the way for women’s soccer in Detroit
December 6, 2020
Still in their first year as an organized women’s soccer club, Corktown AFC, based out of Detroit, Michigan, dropped into the women’s soccer scene in a big way and people are starting to notice. The summer of 2021 will be their first full season after last summer’s arrival of COVID-19 put a halt to things.
“We worked very hard to recruit a quality group of players,” said Aaron Roy, Corktown AFC head coach. “Unfortunately the circumstances of last summer were not ideal, to say the least. So we were unable to accomplish much else besides a limited number of training sessions and a few friendlies.”
The reference to “a quality group of players” is definitely accurate. Digging deeper, the club is packed with some of Metro Detroit’s best soccer talent. So far, this year’s recruits at Corktown for the 2021 season include 18 NCAA division 1 players who have all previously won national championships in USYS and ECNL. Add to that, a pair of former professionals who played in Europe, a scoring champion who won the prestigious NCAA Player of the Year, a former Croatia national team player, and EIGHT players who played AND currently play at the U.S. National Program Level. Yes, we would surely label this a quality group. Surprising, considering the club is still in its first year.
“Players want to be where they know their development, their team, is the priority,” said Coach Roy. “We are a women-only soccer club. So all of our attention, all of our resources are invested in them. Another huge part of it is that we have an extensive, experienced coaching staff, a great medical team, and a strength and flexibility program guided by professionals in their field. When it comes to player-centered development and preparation for the fall college season, no other club in Metro Detroit offers all of these things that are so important to the player. And the best part is that so many of these players get to experience this with teammates and friends from their years of growing up in the game together.”
And for Corktown AFC, there could be no better place to call home for the club. In a location packed with Detroit sports history, Corktown AFC will play at The Corner Ballpark stadium in Corktown, Detroit. The site located at Michigan Ave and Trumbull is the former site of Tiger Stadium, which was home to the Detroit Tigers for nearly 100 years. The stadium features a multipurpose turf field, brand new equipment, a newly installed state-of-the-art video scoreboard and sound system, stadium seating, concessions, and a breathtaking view of the Detroit skyline.
“For me, being there, I can’t help but flashback to a time when I was young,” said Coach Roy. “I remember the atmosphere on game days was buzzing. I remember my father taking me to the rolling peanut carts before walking into this massive stadium.. Some of my best childhood memories were right here on this corner. We didn’t have a lot of money, so a ticket to the ballgame was like a dream come true. My wish is that we are able to create some great memories in this new stadium for our players as well.”
Corktown AFC will play in the Midwest Conference of the United Women’s Soccer national league, which is a step right below the professional women’s league, NWSL. Aside from the club being the only women specific club in Detroit, Corktown also has a club development system which is made up of a first team and a second team which encourages a competitive training atmosphere. Home games are played on Sunday afternoons at The Corner Ballpark starting in late May, and those who are unable to make it down to the game can watch the action live-streamed on the MyCujoo platform and Corktown social media. You can visit the club at corktownafc.com and find them on all social media platforms as corktownafc.