Support Local Soccer-St. Louis Lions
We are seeking your help in identifying businesses, organizations, foundations or individuals to show their support for soccer in our region by way of partnership/sponsorship of the St. Louis Lions Men’s and Women’s top-tier soccer teams that help players reach pro level.
As you may know, our club is unique in our region as we have a full path-to-pro development program that begins with our Development programs, Club teams, and culminates with the St. Louis Lions teams. The Men’s team is a USL League 2 (USL2) team, two tiers below pro; the Women’s team is a part of the Women’s Premiere Soccer League (WPSL), one step away from pro.
The St. Louis Lions teams serve as a valuable step for players college-age and beyond seeking to advance their soccer career, many who go on to play pro soccer or to establish coaching careers.
The Lions are the oldest semi-pro team in our region. The men’s team was founded 16 years ago by Tony Glavin, and in 2018, expanded with the addition of the Women’s team. Team tryouts always have high turnout, attracting players from all over the country and world. To-date the more than 70 men’s players, and 2 - soon to be 4 - players from the women’s team have gone on to play pro soccer on state and national teams; and multiple others have secured high-caliber coaching positions.
A bit of trivia: Did you know the teams’ head coaches are a part of our soccer family? Tony is the head coach of the St. Louis Lions men’s team, and the women’s team is lead by Head Coach Geoff Lorimier, whom many of you know from his role with us as the Head of Player Development and coach of multiple club teams.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Sponsorships and fundraising are key to keeping the leagues’ and teams’ presence here. Both leagues, as well as Tony, have expressed their commitment to keeping the opportunity for players going in the metro St. Louis area. Our club has a wonderful network of professionals, business owners and leaders, and we wanted to bring this opportunity your way as a way to support the presence of the sport in our region.
Funds raised through sponsorship and donations cover the basic operating costs for both teams including league fees, insurance, travel, player nutrition, facility, and more. Sponsorship opportunities range from partial to full, ranging $100 - $35,000.
Individual support is also welcome, and can be contributed to the club directly via PayPal or the team’s 2021 GoFundMe fundraising page on GoFundMe’s new “Team GoFundMe” feature. (Note: Contributions can be sent to PayPal ID: email@example.com using the ‘Send to Friends & Family’ feature.)
If you have or work for a business that may be interested in expressing their commitment to our region by way of support for the St. Louis Lions for the 2021 season, please reach out to Cindy Kerber Spellman at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to forward this email to your peers.
If your family would like to help support our region and make the season possible for players pursuing their dreams, please consider donating via one of the links above.
Thank you, and stay tuned for more about the 2021 Lions seasons and opportunities for your player and family!