Sports & Media

Investment Focus

Since 2008, Striker Partners has invested in and managed several sports & media-focused initiatives, primarily related to the sport of soccer. Additionally, the firm supports numerous soccer-specific nonprofits, such as YSC Academy.

Portfolio Companies

For Soccer
For Soccer is the preeminent soccer marketing, media, and experiences company, formed through the merger of For Soccer Ventures and Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing.  For Soccer’s specialized consultancy services include research and insights, strategic consultancy, experiential marketing, multicultural marketing, digital and social media marketing, creative and content, media and distribution, public relations and communications, sponsorship services, creative services, as well as technical soccer expertise. For Soccer’s growing owned and operated property portfolio includes participatory and cultural events, podcasts, OTT, experiential, and playing programs.

Union
Since 2011, Striker has managed, on behalf of various Graham family affiliates, a significant ownership position in the Major League Soccer franchise Philadelphia Union, and an investment in Soccer United Marketing.

YSC Sports
Founded in 2008, YSC is a 120,000-square-foot sports facility that boasts state-of-the-art synthetic fields and training amenities.  YSC Sports offers an array of youth and adult soccer leagues, camps, and clinics, while also providing a variety of lacrosse and flag football programs.

S3
Having operated for over a decade, and rebranded to Sideline Soccer Solutions (S3) in 2021, S3 is one of the nation’s largest youth soccer event operators.  In addition to providing event, league, and tournament management services to youth soccer clubs, it owns and operates the FC DELCO Players Cup, one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country.

Knowles Athletic
Knowles Athletic offers a concierge-based program for athletes and teams at the professional, world-class, and elite levels of sport.  Bill Knowles developed his world-renowned reputation through an innovative and successful reconditioning approach and athletic development model with many of the most talented athletes and teams across the globe.  This approach has effectively pushed the boundaries of sports medicine and is proven to reduce injury and enhance career sustainability.

YSC Academy
Founded in 2013, YSC Academy is a first-of-its-kind soccer-specific school providing high-quality education to student-athletes in grades 6-12.  The school employs a cutting-edge, responsive educational model specifically designed for adolescent learners that honors their minds and bodies, and encourages their personal ownership of the educational process.  YSC Academy is a proud partner of the Philadelphia Union and provides elite soccer players an opportunity to pursue their education while competing and training at the top level of the sport.