Our History


The initial concept of Kingdom Hope took place inside the mind of an eighteen-year-old Steve Zakuani whilst walking and reflecting on his own life.

Steve came to the realization that there were three key components that had begun to ensure he was moving towards a path of success which were education, sports and leadership and believed that these three disciplines had the ability to change the lives of others.

Steve was as good as his word and established Kingdom Hope in 2010, whilst still playing professional soccer, with the simple goal to ‘create a generation of leaders that actively serve humanity in order to bring positive change to the world’.

Initially Kingdom Hope began by putting on soccer clinics in the Greater Seattle area. These soccer clinics were designed to give back to the soccer community as the soccer community in Washington had given so much to Steve.

As Kingdom Hope continued to grow we then moved into the leadership space, harnessing Steve’s ability as a prolific speaker, we held our first Rising Leaders in 2012. The purpose of our Rising Leaders conference is simply to ‘Inspire Greatness’ in aspiring and established leaders and this is achieved by teaching principles and sharing knowledge on what it takes to become a great leader that serves others.

The journey of Kingdom Hope continued when in 2015 we launched our Cecile Zakuani Scholarship program and the Soccer on Us. The programs are designed to create leaders that serve their communities which is in line with the purpose of Kingdom Hope.

2015 also saw the successful launch of the Zak and Friends Charity game which brought out former Sounder players, Seattle Reign and figures in the community for a rip roaring charity match which raised over $12k for Kingdom Hope!

To date Kingdom Hope has positively inspired hundreds of leaders though our Rising Leaders conference. We have brought the soccer community together with the Zak and Friends Charity game and have provided scholarships for two young students in Rwanda, Africa.

We have much more work to do and have exciting plans for the future and we hope we can count on your support to help create a generation of leaders that actively serve humanity in order to bring positive change.

2010 Highlights

January Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser raises over $10k for relief efforts.
August Our inaugural soccer clinic is held in Bellevue, WA and is attended by a grand total of 4 people! We had a thing or two to learn about marketing our programs, but we had fun.
October Our second ever soccer clinic attracts over 60 kids. The clinic was focused on teaching life skills as well as soccer skills.

2011 Highlights

January Steve Zakuani birthday fundraising event for Kingdom Hope.
March Steve is invited to give a presentation on leadership at Seattle Community College.
August Sounders FC Away Match viewing party to raise funds for our programs. 100 fans attend.
October Our soccer clinic attracts over 80 teens in Sequim, WA.
November Steve was the guest speaker at a Northwest University Chapel.

2012 Highlights

August We partnered with Starfire Sports to host the Xtreme Cup and raised over $10k.
October Hosted another soccer clinic and we were able to serve 60 kids.
October We hosted our inaugural Rising Leaders event at the Seattle Art Museum. Over 100 people attended and left inspired as Steve shared leadership lessons he has learned through his life and career.
November Kingdom Hope Presents a Night of Music at the Triple Door. We raised funds through Steve releasing a rap mixtape for charity.

2013 Highlights

January Steve shared the stage with Bill Ayers (Former Alaska Airlines Chairman) and Robert Taylor (Author) to address a group of leaders at a Young Professional’s Organization (YPO) event.
August For the second year, we partnered with Starfire Sports for the Xtreme Cup and raised $12k.
October We returned to Sequim, WA for another soccer clinic and attracted 80 kids once again.
October We hosted Rising Leaders for the second year, this time at City University in Seattle. Over 100 people left inspired once again.
October Steve was the keynote speaker at the Schools For Salone Fundraising Dinner in Seattle, WA.

2014 Highlights

October We partnered with Barefoot Soccer to host a “Futsal with Steve” fundraising event.
November Our third Rising Leaders event was held at the University of Washington. Once again, all the attendants left the event inspired and motivated to become great leaders in their communities.