Achieving Excellence On and Off the Field

We expect our athletes to perform well in school, volunteer their time, and take an active role in planning their future.

Because there are often gaps on the path to post-secondary success for youth in low-income communities, we strive to open as many doors as possible for the youth that we serve. We provide academic support through on-site tutoring, monthly report card checks, SAT prep courses, and coordinated college visits. 

We also facilitate volunteer service outings and job-readiness opportunities such as coaching and reffing, in order to equip and empower our athletes with essential life skills, not to mention stackable credentials, creating a pathway to employment and opportunity.

Read our HOTC Elite Academic Policy.

2019 Soccer Academy Summer League coaches & certified referees!


Congratulations to our 2019 seniors!

We are proud of our athletes for graduating high school and pursuing their plans for the future! Wishing you all the best of luck!
  • Claudia - Round Lake High School; attending College of Lake County, majoring in Sports Psychology
  • Crystal - Waukegan High School; Enlisting in the Army
  • Denise - Waukegan High School; attending Kalamazoo College in Michigan, majoring in Chemistry
  • Desareih - Waukegan High School; attending College of Lake County, majoring in Kinesiology
  • Emmanuel - Waukegan High School; attending College of Lake County, majoring in HVAC
  • Jennifer - Zion-Benton Township High School; attending College of Lake County, transferring and majoring in Nursing
  • Miguel - Zion-Benton Township High School; attending Robert Morris University, majoring in Culinary Arts
  • Yatziry - Waukegan High School; Enlisting in the Army

Congratulations to HOTC Elite athletes Claudia (left) and Desareih (right) who officially signed to play soccer on scholarship at the College of Lake County beginning in Fall 2019! We couldn't be more proud!


Thank you to everyone who helped at our Downtown Waukegan Spring Cleanup!


2018/19 Academic Opportunities

Coordinated College Visits:

  • Carthage College
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • Bryant & Stratton College, Wauwatosa
  • DePaul University
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Referee Training Clinic, January 2019

We hosted this clinic through the Illinois Soccer Referee Committee, and 26 of our athletes earned their official certifications!

Working as a referee will allow our athletes to earn extra income, gain job experience, and learn about soccer from a new perspective.

Thank you to our supporters for making this possible!