Corktown AFC + Michigan Hawks Partnership

14 Dec 2021
United Women's Soccer UWS national pro-am leagueCorktown AFC Michigan Hawks Detroit MI
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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.

Both organizations are still cementing the details of the partnership, finalizing the coaching staff, and developing recruiting goals and practice schedules. Stay tuned for the 2022 season match schedule in the next couple of months. The Corktown Hawks will play their home matches at the legendary Corner Ballpark Stadium (formerly known as Tiger Stadium) at 1680 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216. The club is seeking corporate partners to help support their vision to advance women’s soccer in Detroit, Michigan.

“Because our focus is on a complete career building opportunity for Michigan’s female soccer players and growing our presence in our beloved Corktown Community, partnering with the Michigan Hawks made so much sense and immediately strengthened our organization,” said Owner Eddie Hudson. “We are bringing a new game to the corner that will feature elite female athletes and exciting, competitive games. We can’t wait for the community to join us.”

Learn more about the Corktown Hawks, by visiting corktownafc.com and following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Corktown Hawks can be reached at media@corktownafc.com. For corporate sponsorships & marketing opportunities, contact Suite 104 Productions at tim@suite104.com.

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