The Impact of Strikers on the Lives of Our Alumni
"One trait that I took away from my career playing at Strikers was just having passion for what I do. I truly have a passion and love for the game and was lucky enough to play at the highest level. Now that my playing career is over I have transitioned into a business career and coaching at my Alma Mater. Strikers has taught me that whatever I do in life to do it to my absolute best ability.
The relationships I have made with teammates and coaches I definitely think had the biggest impact on my life. Having played for Strikers almost my whole youth career it definitely Shaped my work ethic on and off the field. I was never the most talented at the professional level but I made sure that I never was out worked by anyone and never took a day for granted
I played 4 years of college ball at Eastern Illinois University. I graduated in 2018 and went overseas and played in Sweden for Stöde IF. After half a year there I came back and signed a contract with Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) for two years. My final year (last year) I ended my career in Chicago playing for the Chicago House (NISA).
My experience at Strikers was memorable, adaptable and constructive. Strikers definitely gave me the love and passion for the game of soccer. My coaches that I had at Strikers built a strong foundation and gave me the tools to succeed."
– Mike Novotny