PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Campers at R.W. Brown Boys and Girls Club in North Philadelphia got a big surprise Wednesday: They were visited by American soccer goalie Zack Steffen.
Steffen, who plays for Manchester City and the United States men’s national soccer team, stopped by to give kids a message of motivation to stay on the straight and narrow, no matter the obstacles they may face.
“I hope it’s really eye-opening to them and gives them that motivation and belief that they can walk in my shoes someday,” he said.
Of course, he didn’t come empty-handed. Steffen donated more than $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club through his foundation, VOYCENOW, which he launched in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
“It’s all about giving back to the next generation and show these kids the right way of doing things,” he said. “It’s a big honor to be able to donate that money and give these kids a little bit more of an opportunity and more resources.”
Steffen grew up in Downingtown and has also played for the Philadelphia Union. So when news broke that Philadelphia will be a host city for the 2026 World Cup, he was beyond excited.
“It’s very surreal,” he said. “I’ve been watching the World Cup for as long as I can remember, and for it to come to my home city — hopefully we can get a game in here in Philly. That would be amazing.”