The Future Has Arrived   Leave a comment

Friday, December 14 marked the end of our Indiegogo fundraising campaign.  When all the numbers were crunched and the clock hit midnight, we had met our goal of raising $5000 to get Milwaukee United SC off the ground and allow us to move forward on the road to fielding our first team this summer.  As my thoughts are a bit scattered, this entry will be a bit longer than past ones as I address the past, present, and future activities of the club.

First things first, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the campaign.  Some did that financially, whereas others helped by way of retweets on Twitter and shares on Facebook.  Additionally, those in web media allowed me to pitch my story in articles on their sites and appearances on their podcasts.  None of this, however, would have been possible without the encouragement given to me by so many and the emotional investment brought to seeing us succeed.  That said, there was some disappointment in the lack of breadth from which that support came, namely the local soccer community who have had us on their radar for the better part of four years yet didn’t seem interested in being part of the movement.  We move on.

So what does making our fundraising goal mean for the club?  It provides us a sense of legitimacy and gives us a platform from which to collaborate with the broader business and non-profit community in Milwaukee.  We will be able to promote the club to some extent in various ways (within reason, of course, as I am pretty frugal) and advance on some plans for the club’s foundation, growth, and future development.

So what is next on the docket for #yourhometeam?  The first thing scheduled is a team/community gathering and informational meeting on December 27th.  This event is open to all, so come out and grub with the boss while learning more about MUSC, both where we want to go and how you can be a part of the action.  From there, once the funds clear and arrive at the club from Indiegogo, we will begin the process of securing ourselves within the local, regional, and national soccer pyramids through affiliation with the necessary governing bodies and membership in a league that will provide us the best opportunity to succeed on and off the field.  Beyond that, I will be looking to add some bodies to the equation to implement the aforementioned growth and development of the club, particularly off-the-field.  I want to bring on one or two interns to handle things that have been getting put on the back burner due to lack of time on my part, so if you know (or are) a student with internship credit available at their college or university, get in contact with me.  The roster for summer 2013 needs to be finalized in the coming weeks as well.  On the field, the major focus for 2013 will be participation in the National Women’s Championships U23 tournament at the end of June in Kansas City, with the potential to enter a second team in the Amateur division.

Keep your eyes open for more news!  Thank you again for your support of our mission, our vision, and for the players who will wear the Royal and Emerald now and in the future.

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Posted December 17, 2012 by Scott in Uncategorized

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