Starfinder Foundation

Starfinder motivates and challenges children and youth of all ages from across Greater Philadelphia through after school, weekends, and summer programs. We use soccer as the hook in our sports-based youth development practices to promote physical and emotional health and long-term success. The Starfinder Foundation heavily invests in each participant, surrounding them with a supportive network of mentors and coaches. We help youth navigate the path to college and careers.

Starfinder’s youth come from all over the Philadelphia metro area, speaking over 25 different languages, to form a collaborative community of cultural exchange around the beautiful game. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, Starfinder help kids change the trajectory of their lives, using soccer to create social change. Our three areas of emphasis are health and physical fitness, future focus, and social emotional wellbeing.
Each year, Starfinder works with approximately 900 children and youth. Their student body reflects the impressive diversity of Philadelphia and includes youth of different races, ethnicities, religions, and cultures as well as a significant number of new immigrants (representing over 30 countries).  Starfinder intentionally recruits youth and girls who are particularly underserved by the pay-to-play system.  

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