As part of the clubs dedication to supporting soccer in the local community, Michigan Thunder and the University of Michigan soccer host annual Michigan Thunder club days for its members at the University of Michigan soccer games during the Fall season.
In 2017 season, Michigan Thunder held its club days at the Michigan women's soccer game vs Purdue University and at their men's game vs local rivals Oakland University.
In 2018, Michigan Thunder will be holding it's annual club day at the Michigan Men's soccer game vs Notre Dame University on October 16th as well as numerous club discount days at the Michigan Women's soccer games vs Ohio State on October 5th, Kick off 7pm, and October 21st, Kick off 2pm.
Last year, On Thursday, September 14th, #15th ranked Michigan Women's Soccer hosted #22 Ranked Purdue University in a matchup at Michigans Soccer Stadium. This was our Thunder Girls club nights which gave the club players the opportunity to see high-level female players, as well as players who have played at the international level. The girls had the opportunity to be flag bearers, high 5 girls with the U11 and U12 girls teams taking part in a half game. University of Michigan had a number of great opportunities to win the game but unfortunately lost 1-0 due to a late goal by Purdue University who ran away victors against the run of play. Despite the loss, Michigan Thunder had a great club event with all the girls, boys, parents and coaches alike having a great night.
Girls director, Coach Sean Myint, said " As Girls Director at MI Thunder it is so vital myself and the club show the young girls within our club and our academy the high levels of soccer they can achieve with hard work and belief. Having a club day hosted by UofM women's soccer program is a perfect platform for our girls to see quality soccer, amazing female soccer role models and get a taste of where they could be one day. We are very privileged to have this event at such a fantastic facility as well. I know the girls really enjoyed it and soaked the atmosphere up for sure."
Last year, On Wednesday, September 27th, #20th ranked University of Michigan took on local rivals Oakland University at Michigan Soccer Stadium. This was another opportunity for our club players to take in high-level soccer, with high-flying University of Michigan heading into the game only having lost 2 games, both to top #12 ranked opposition. Our players were able to to be ball boys, anthem buddies, high 5 tunnels with Michigans assistant coach and Thunder head coach, Justin Makars, U11 and U12 teams taking the field for a halftime soccer game. Michigan started well with an early goal off of a free kick but unfortunately, a late goal by Oakland sealed the points in a 2-1 loss for the Wolverines.
New boys director, Kyle Breitmeyer, said "As a local myself, it's great to see such support for the local soccer community as well as the opportunity our players have to take in some high-level soccer in person. It was great to speak with players and parents alike during the game as well as watching the excitement on young players face during the game. You could really see the connection the players felt they had with the Michigan soccer players by being an active part of the day!."
Club President, Rick Najarian reflected on both occasions. " I want to say a big thank you to the University of Michigan for their hospitality and opportunity they provide local clubs within the community. During the past few years, we have experienced a great relationship with Michigan that has lead to opportunities like this for our players. Having been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by professional and high-level soccer myself, I know the positive and motivational impact it can have on young aspiring soccer players. This is something that we at the Thunder want to provide our players as they continue throughout their soccer experiences."