Steve Zakuani is a former professional soccer player, inspirational speaker, and author. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and raised in a low income area of London, Steve began his soccer career playing for the Arsenal youth at 9 years old. He was selected first overall by the Seattle Sounders in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, and was the team’s leading scorer in the 2010 season. In 2011, he suffered a devastating injury during a game, and although he made a remarkable recovery to play again, a series of additional injuries led Steve to announce his retirement from soccer in October 2014.
Steve is the founder and president of Kingdom Hope, a nonprofit that offers leadership training, scholarships and educational programs focused on helping under-served youth become leaders in their communities. He has spent many hours volunteering his time to the community, and has been a keynote speaker at both local and national events. His message focuses on overcoming adversity, vision and leadership.
In 2015, Steve authored and self-published his first book, “500 Days,” where he chronicles his physical and mental fight to return to playing soccer after a life changing injury. It’s these experiences that have transformed Steve from a dynamic player on the field, to a high-energy speaker committed to share his story of overcoming adversity.
500 Days: What I Learned From The Moment That Changed Everything
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