Emily Thomas

Title: Co-owner

Biography

Sports have been an important part of Emily’s life for as long as she can remember. Emily grew up in Iowa playing softball, basketball, volleyball, and running track. She took her love for athletics to Augustana University and played softball in the 1993 National Championship game. Emily and the members of that historic softball team have since been inducted into the Augustana Hall of Fame.

After graduating with an Exercise Science degree and obtaining her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation from Northeastern Illinois University, Emily became a personal trainer. Upon marrying SFCFC co-founder and co-owner Eric Thomas, Emily transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry. She was a sales representative for seven years while Eric was in medical school, Residency, and Fellowship. Those years allowed Emily to work in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky.

As a woman student-athlete and then a pharmaceutical representative, Emily experienced first-hand how women are treated differently. When her daughter left home at age 14 to attend a residential soccer program that allowed her to combine her pursuit of high-level academics and soccer, Emily knew that the status quo in Sioux Falls had to change.

Having traveled and watched elite-level soccer all over the country with her daughter’s team, Emily recognized that the level of soccer and the opportunities for women and girls who dream big dreams in Sioux Falls were lacking and that she could make a difference. Putting her and her family’s experience into perspective as “learning guides,” she vowed to do it differently, putting women at the epicenter–and Sioux Falls City Football Club was born! The Club works to center the athletes’ experience and provide the best possible environment for them to grow as people and as players.

Emily loves to make connections between individuals and businesses and truly enjoys meeting and creating friendships with people. She loves to see how SFCFC has made a difference for its players, partners, community, and beyond.  Emily surrounds herself with others committed to being authentic, open, and willing to learn. She is invested in creating a “new normal,”  to smash the status quo, and respect everyone as a human being equally, without judgment. She prides herself in knowing that at SFCFC, differences are viewed as strengths, and as ways to impact and make things better for more people. If there is one word that Emily constantly uses when talking about Sioux Falls City Football Club, it is “opportunity.”

As a mom watching her kids navigate life, Emily has had the opportunity to learn and grow from their journeys. This fueled Emily’s activism and catalyzed her service to various community organizations. Emily is a former State Chapter Lead for the SD Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and serves on the Sioux Falls Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Emily’s generosity extends to her alma mater, Augustana, where she mentors the MBA program, participates in the “Women Who Will” philanthropy program, and jumps at any opportunity to speak to various Augustana classes. Emily is currently serving a term as Board President for the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls.

Emily is married to Eric (founder/owner), and they reside in Sioux Falls with their youngest daughter, Payton.  Their two oldest kids, Aidan and Taylor, attend college in Minnesota and Florida.

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