Tag: Kingdom Hope
STARFIRE SPORTS & STEVE ZAKUANI PARTNER ON YOUTH SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Starfire Sports & Steve Zakuani’s Kingdom Hope will inspire youth soccer players to
dream big and give big at the 2012 XTREME Cup.
Media Contact: Chanie Sandman
14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, WA 98188
TUKWILA, Wash.—June 11, 2012—The XTREME Cup will see over 1,000 local youth soccer players come out to compete, but the event will touch their lives outside the blows of the whistle. This year, tournament teams will be inspired to live out their soccer dreams, while making opportunities for others to do the same.
“Starfire Sports and Kingdom Hope believe that soccer can change the lives of those who play it, and think it is important that anyone who has the desire to play should not be limited by means or lack of support,” said Teddy Mitalas, Starfire Sports Director of Business Development and Tournaments “We are excited to partner with an organization that is founded on these same principals, and can help us share those ideals with these players.”
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani founded Kingdom Hope in an effort to extend the support system that allowed him to believe in himself and achieve the dream he is living today. “It is my passion in life to help as many people as I can realize their dreams the way that I have, and inspire them to become great achievers in all areas of life,” Zakuani, said. “Partnering with Starfire Sports on the XTREME Cup will allow me to encourage local youth to realize their dreams as soccer players, but also help them grow as leaders and community members.”
During the tournament Zakuani will talk with tournament participants about his inspirational journey in the sport of soccer. Other members of the Sounders FC squad will join him to sign autographs and interact with attendees. Tournament teams will also work together, creating opportunities for others to actualize their soccer dreams, through fundraising efforts supporting Kingdom Hope’s programming and scholarship funds.
Through the event, Starfire Sports and Kingdom Hope plan to impact over one hundred and fifty kids next year by funding Kingdom Hope clinics and sponsorships.
Starfire will provide all teams that register for the XTREME Cup the tools to get players and their family members involved in the fundraising process. Every team that holds a fundraiser will receive recognition at the tournament, and prizes will be awarded to teams that raise the most. In addition to the team fundraising, Starfire Sports will donate $50 for every team that registers.
For registration and additional information about the XTREME Cup, visit www.starfiresports.com.
About Starfire Sports
Starfire Sports is a non-profit corporation delivering opportunities for every member of our community to enjoy the ultimate soccer experience. Starfire delivers diverse programming for youth and adults, knowledgeable and professional staff, and a safe and engaging environment for social interaction and community building. In addition, financial assistance programs, equipment donations and partnerships with other local and national non-profit organizations mean that all our community’s youth have access to world-class soccer facilities—regardless of economic background.
For more information, visit www.starfiresports.com
About Kingdom Hope
Kingdom Hope is an organization founded by Steve Zakuani with the purpose of helping and inspiring young people to pursue and achieve their goals through the sport of soccer.
This purpose will be accomplished through local soccer clinics, camps & tournaments through which Steve and other professional players will speak into the lives of these young people and bring alongside mentors to walk with and encourage them.
Kingdom Hope is also in the process of establishing a scholarship fund that will provide support to people pursuing higher education.
The culmination of Steve’s vision will be in the development of state-of-the-art facilities (first in England, then possibly in Africa and the U.S.), that will be a residential training facility committed to the holistic development of players (physical, educational & emotional) to bring them opportunities which they might not have access to on their own.
For more information, visit www.kingdom-hope.org
THANK YOU FROM STEVE ZAKUANI AND KINGDOM HOPE
How to Donate to Kingdom Hope in Support of Steve
SEATTLE, WA, April 26, 2011 – A letter from Steve Zakuani to the Seattle soccer community.
Dear Friends of Kingdom Hope and the Sounders FC Community:
As you all know, during our match this past Friday against the Colorado Rapids, I was unfortunately on the receiving end of a mistimed tackle and had my right tibia and fibula broken as a result. I have been recovering in Denver since Friday night and I just want to say that I am more than overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and genuine encouragements I have received. After 24 hours I had received about 400 emails, a couple hundred Facebook messages, hundreds of Facebook wall posts, 62 text messages and several phone calls from all over the world. I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their love towards me. I also would like to thank my club team, Seattle Sounders FC, for going above and beyond what they needed to do in order to make sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. The long road to recovery has already started and I am fully aware of the mountains ahead of me but I also know that I will go through all of the challenges ahead with a positive attitude using my faith in Jesus Christ as a solid foundation on which to overcome this setback. Again, thank you for your love, thoughts and prayers toward me.
Contact: Katie Pendleton, Development Coordinator
Kingdom Hope is a non-profit organization whose aim is to help and inspire individuals to become great achievers in all areas of life. Through camps, clinics, a scholarship fund, and soccer academies, Kingdom Hope has a passion to help aspiring soccer players achieve and realize their dreams. Through mentoring and life coaching seminars aimed at both soccer and non-soccer players, Kingdom Hope strives to help individuals maximize their potential for greatness by providing teaching on subjects concerning all areas of life.
The ultimate vision is to establish soccer academies in several locations, beginning in London, where aspiring soccer players will receive soccer training, take academic classes, and receive life coaching over a two year period whilst living on campus.
More information on donating to Kingdom hope can be found at http://kingdom-hope.org/latest-news/.
Letters, flowers and cards can be sent to:
c/o Sounders FC Community Relations
Virginia Mason Athletic Center
12 Seahawks Way
Renton, WA 98056
Again, we want to thank everyone for their support and well wishes to Steve. We are so grateful for your support in spreading the word about his organization. We will try and keep you updated as we go along.