Amy Schweizer is the Founder & Director of Tiny Troops Soccer. Her husband is in the Marine Corps and they are currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville NC.
Amy has an extensive background and experience with health and soccer. She has a Master’s Degree in Sports Management, played for the Cincinnati Ladyhawks, and has certifications in Group Exercise, Youth Sports, Fitness Nutrition, and Behavior Change from the American Council on Exercise, which all inspired her to start Tiny Troops Soccer® so that her kids could thrive both on and off the field.
What made you decide this career path?
After being married, I left my position as an Instructor at the local college. Upon arriving at Camp Pendleton, CA, I was unable to locate a job that used my education, work experience, or passions. There were no positions that fully utilized my background, nor offered compensation that was even close to my prior salary. I came across a job for a Youth Sports Director/Specialist with MCCS there, applied, and was never offered an interview. I ended up applying for unemployment benefits due to the drastic cut in income. My Master’s Degree is in Sport Management, so to pursue opportunities in the field, I would need to be located in/near a major city, which is not the typical location for military bases. Additionally, lack of childcare (I have three boys) and the red tape surrounding entrepreneurship on bases presented seemingly insurmountable obstacles to a (fulfilling) career.
How has your spouses deployments/trainings effect your business?
I have three young boys, so have had to schedule meetings, work hours, etc., around school pickups, nap times…you name it!
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far?
We have lived in Oceanside, CA (Camp Pendleton); Okinawa, Japan; Kailua, HI (MCB Hawaii). Hawaii has been my favorite by far!
What are your other hobbies?
I love working out, playing soccer, and playing piano.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner?
Honestly, that military spouse employment/entrepreneurship has just recently been spotlighted, so not too many yet – but they’re coming!
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business?
Search out resources available to milspouses for starting a business. Become involved with the milspouse business community – we’re out there!
Photos by: Melissa Sheridan Photography