Switchbacks fans name 8-week-old puppy ‘Striker’ as he trains to become a service dog

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KKTV) – It’s the perfect name for the perfect pup!

Switchbacks fans voted on social media to name an 8 week old puppy “Striker”. The puppy is currently in training to become a future service dog through the national nonprofit Canine Companions. The soccer club and nonprofit team up to follow Striker’s journey as he trains for an important job.

Striker will be attending Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC games and events to cheer the team on! After a year and a half in Colorado, Striker will complete professional training at the Canine Companions Southwest Region Training Center in Oceanside, California before being matched with someone with a disability.

About dog companions:

Canine Companions is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that provides free, expertly trained service dogs to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities. Founded in 1975, Canine Companions has six regional training centers across the country and is known worldwide for the excellence of its dogs and the quality and longevity of dog-human matches. For more information, visit canine.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

About Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC:

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club is a professional football team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team is a member of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American football pyramid and one of the most successful professional football leagues in the world with a population of more than 84 million in North America. The Switchbacks started the game in 2015 and in May 2021 unveiled the new Weidner Field, an 8,000-seat football stadium with three luxury club floors, concessions developed by 6035 Hospitality and state-of-the-art LED screens. All games are broadcast on ESPN (Plus or Linear Channels) and home games are available locally on CW with FOX, Xtra Sports 1300 and Tigre Radio.

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