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TUKWILA, Wash. (June 1, 2015) – Washington Youth Soccer is proud to announce its partnership with Kingdom Hope as the official leadership development partner of the state’s largest youth sports organization. Established in 2010, Kingdom Hope was founded by former Sounders FC star Steve Zakuani to inspire people to realize and live their dreams.
Zakuani will be the official ambassador of Washington Youth Soccer, and Kingdom Hope will help create inspirational programs that focus on sports and education to help individuals fulfill their leadership potential. Zakuani will make several appearances at Washington Youth Soccer events, including State Cup tournaments, Elite Player Development (EPD) camps and Soccer for Success.
“I’m delighted at this partnership between Kingdom Hope and Washington Youth Soccer. There is no place like Washington when it comes to passion for soccer in this country, and having the opportunity to mentor, influence, and be a role model to youth soccer is something that I take very seriously,” said Zakuani. “This partnership will allow me to play a small part in producing the next generation of leaders and soccer stars”
Having already attended several Soccer for Success events, Zakuani addressed the entire program this past Saturday at the year-end tournament for all Washington participating schools in Auburn. Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. The Soccer for Success program provides each school three 90 minute after-school sessions for two twelve-week seasons.
Those connected with Washington Youth Soccer will have the opportunity to be recognized at Kingdom Hope’s ‘Rising Leaders,’ an annual leadership event designed to be a short, powerful and insightful experience in which Zakuani shares his experiences to inspire youth to become better leaders in all areas of life.
“Washington Youth Soccer’s mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the state’s youth through the sport of soccer, and Kingdom Hope aligns with that vision,” said Washington Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher. “We’re excited to partner with a former professional athlete that inspired youth players on the field and is continuing to inspire our youth off the field.”
To learn more about Kingdom Hope, click here. To learn more about Washington Youth Soccer, visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org or contact Mike Anderson at Mike@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org or 253-944-1606.