25 August 2019

Making an impact: FSS Ambassador in the news

Read about Mark McKenzie's play in the latest match-up vs D.C. United: "Curtin’s lineup changes turn to gold in win over D.C. United -- Surprise changes helped the Union return to the win column on Saturday night"

10 May 2019

Latest (loads of) News

It's been a while since we've done an update. A lot has happened since our fall programming and much of it has to do with construction...

First, our new home at the 76ers Fieldhouse is nearly complete. All that's left is for the lights to be installed on the outdoor pitch. Most of the complex is operational. Delaware FC and our new host site (Police Athletic League of Delaware) are using the indoor and outdoor pitches. The courts for the Delaware Blue Coats have been open and their season in full-swing. Titus Sports is finishing up their sports performance training center. And Nemours Sports Medicine is looking to open in the fall of 2019. We'll update our social media sites with the latest photos once everything is complete!

We've had another growth spurt; there are now 8 host sites working with our program! Our 2 newest hosts are Serviam Girls Academy and the Police Athletic League of Delaware. We couldn't be happier to extend our reach and provide more access points for children in the city to play and enjoy the world sport of soccer.

Finally, a huge 'thank you!' to Chase for presenting our 2019 Annual "City on the Pitch" PlayDay this June. Chase will not only provide funds to help with our ever-growing event, they will also provide financial literacy and career development opportunities for parents, guardians, and families. Stay tuned for details!

22 Octover 2018

Ambassador: Mark McKenzie

Check out these links on Mark...

16 August 2018

New Coaching Staff Member: Linda Schirmeister-Gess

FSS welcomes Linda Schirmeister-Gess to our coaching staff. To say Linda is qualified is an understatement. She's done everything from playing soccer in England before college, to obtaining a Masters in Recreation and Sports Sciences (concentrating in soccer coaching), to doing soccer missionary work in over 7 countries, to running soccer camps, to obtaining coaching licenses from the Football Association (FA) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)... she has nearly a decade's worth of coaching under her belt. Currently, she's also the Director of Development at our newly-sealed partner, Strive.

One of the important facets of our organization and programming is the insistence of having the appropriate coaching staff. Steve qualifies every staff member before taking them on because it's important that coaches are not only licensed, but have the desire to give back, be able to handle children of all ages, attentions, and characters, and instill in our participants a self-desire to improve themselves. We want our staff to make the most of whatever limited time we have with our participants. In our minds, "time is possibilities."

Welcome to Linda. Stay tuned as we will be creating a separate webpage in the near future dedicated to our great staff.

31 July 2018

Out & About: "Opening The Door To Soccer"

Have you seen the latest issue of Out & About Magazine? There's a piece on Future Soccer Stars Foundation! If you can't grab a copy, you can follow this link to the article.

Big thanks to Jim Miller (Director of Publications) and Jacob Orledge (an award-winning college journalist and recent UD graduate) for shining a light on our cause. As always, if you like the work we're doing, consider donating, volunteering, or just spreading the word about Future Soccer Stars Foundation.

22 June 2018

The Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation approves grant for Future Soccer Stars Foundation

Local (but global) biopharmaceutical company Incyte, through it's Giving Foundation, has approved a substantial grant to help defray the costs of FSSF's annual budget. Incyte's charitable giving supports nonprofits "serving the needs of communities in Delaware and are focused on two areas—Oncology Patient Support and Resources and Community Partnerships." This grant provides FSSF the means to continue to provide our programming for free, enriches our programs to go beyond soccer, and because it cuts a large swath into our expenses, entitles Incyte to be our lead sponsor for the 2018-19 season. 

A big "THANK YOU" to Incyte and for its efforts in strengthening the local community through its charitable giving and engagement.

19 April 2018

FSS wins approval for equipment grant from Good Sports!


Future Soccer Stars Foundation (FSS) was nominated to be a recipient of Good Sports' equipment grant... and we won! This allows FSS to receive donations of equipment, apparel, and/or footwear from Good Sports. With this approval, FSS has the ability to request up to six (6) donations over the next two years, with a maximum of three (3) per calendar year.

"Good Sports’ main objective is to get as many kids off the sidelines and into the game as possible. Additionally, as a result of our donations, recipients have been able to do one or more of the following:

  • Increase the total amount of kids that are active within their program

  • Enhance their ability to maintain the athletes they currently serve

  • Lower participation fees

  • Develop new programs"

Winning this grant is a huge help to FSS. It allows us to keep our programming free and ensures our resources are allocated towards the highest quality we can provide.



14 April 2018

Big congrats to our FSS Ambassador Mark McKenzie

Shout out to Mark McKenzie who had his debut for the Philadelphia Union last night. Even though the Union fell to Orlando City SC, Mark played with great composure and strength. Check out our social media outlets (on the right) and the links below for more about his long overdue playing time.

Delaware's Mark McKenzie makes first appearance for Philadelphia Union

QUOTE SHEET: Union vs. Orlando City SC

Mark McKenzie Union vs. Orlando City SC Post-Match Reactions

14 March 2018

FSS now registered with Benevity

We are now a part of Benevity's global network of charities. The benefits of registering with Benevity are: having a wider net of exposure to potential corporate giving/matching/volunteering, lowering costs of these types of donation transactions, having our organization stand out from the millions of other nonprofits through Benevity's strict vetting processes to insure eligibility and due diligence, and being a part of an international database to be found by global corporate programs residing outside of the US.

4 February 2018

We're Golden!

Today we received our Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. "GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations." It provides nonprofits, funders, and donors a database of information on registered nonprofits "to make smart decisions, build connections, and learn from each other to achieve your missions."

The more information a nonprofit provides, the more transparent it is so that you can be better informed when donating or collaborating with that nonprofit.

22 January 2018

"Cav's Corner"

Future Soccer Stars Foundation (FSS) took the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, PA by storm last week. From the event website: "Billed as 'The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators' the United Soccer Coaches Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop draws more than 6,300 coaches, and more than 11,000 attendees. Over five days there will be more than 250 educational opportunities consisting of live field demonstrations, classroom sessions, meal and social functions, award presentations, coaching diplomas and more!"


FSS was invited to provide our program kids an opportunity to participate in a clinic. So on Wednesday, January 17th, we took a bus up to Philadelphia for the 6:15pm session with the Lewis (William C.) Dual Language Elementary School program kids. The demo session was titled, "Play, Practice, Play: A Player Development Philosophy". The clinicians for that session were Frank Tschan, US Soccer Director of Coaching and Zac Crawford, US Soccer Grassroots Educator. See the video. (We've started a new YouTube page!) 


After the session on Wednesday evening, there was a buzz at the convention around FSS; everyone wanted to know who we are and the programs we provide. Tyler Bastianelli, FSS Director of Marketing, said, "It’s amazing to see such a positive impact FSS is making in the soccer community not just locally but nationally now as well. It’s been great to hear everyone talking about us from just one outing and session."


To cap off all of our great success at the convention, we ran into FSS Ambassador Mark Mckenzie who continued his illustrious soccer career by recently signing a homegrown contract with the Philadelphia Union to play professional soccer. His words of advice to FSS kids...


I could not be more proud of FSS and the program we are creating. We are inspiring kids who don’t have the means or resources to play soccer to believe and invest in themselves through the sport. We want to be the standard that all clubs and US Soccer look to to develop and solidify a great soccer pathway for all.

-- Steve Cavalier, Executive Director

22 January 2018

New member of our team: Ty Bastianelli

As Future Soccer Stars Foundation continues to grow in reach and impact, the need to fortify its communications and marketing efforts grows too. To that need, we are happy to welcome Ty Bastianelli as our new Director of Marketing.


Ty, who is currently the Director of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing at Leisure Fitness, brings not only extensive marketing and brand development experience, but a genuine desire to help support FSS and its mission. Ty also coaches at Delaware FC, Delaware Rush, and Premier Footballers, scouts for the Philadelphia Union, and worked with US Soccer on staff at their National Training Centers in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.


From Ty: "I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Future Soccer Stars Foundation. All children should have the opportunity to play soccer and learn from the life skills and values that come from playing a sport and working as a part of a team. In my role, I will be continuing the development of the program and brand, the communication of the achievements of our amazing program kids, the promotion of our FSS Ambassadors, the nurturing of community collaborations through our host sites to build a stronger culture around the sport and our kids, and the support of FSS as we grow into other areas of need through our Affiliates Program."

Welcome, Ty. Onwards and upwards!

18 January 2018

IT'S OFFICIAL: "Philadelphia Union Sign Homegrown Defender Mark McKenzie"

There was a rumor going around but now it's official. Our FSS Ambassador Mark McKenzie has gone completely pro and has signed with the Philadelphia Union. Bravo, Mark! All that hard work has paid off. Read the News Journal follow-up article.

11 January 2018

FSS Announces a new Ambassador

Alanna Speaks, from Dover, DE, has accepted our invitation to pair up with Mark McKenzie as our FSS Ambassadors. Read more about her on our Program page.

5 January 2018

Union's youth academy prospects get U.S. national team vote of confidence

Mark McKenzie in the news along with our partner, the Philadelphia Union and the Philadelphia Union Foundation.



7 December 2017

Delaware Football Club makes an impact at the start of the EDP-NPL Division season

Delaware Football Club's (DEFC) boys teams kicked off the season over the weekend of December 2-3 (girls start in the spring)... clearly, things have started well. Read the summary. DEFC is our direct partner and bookends the pathway being developed for soccer players in Delaware with FSS at the start and entry-point, and DEFC at the top, the highly competitive end.

30 November 2017

Target Youth Soccer Grant

Target notified us that we have been approved for its youth soccer grant!

The Target youth soccer grants program provides support for player registration fees, player and field equipment, and training and professional development for volunteer coaches. Any eligible school, government agency, non-profit organization or non-profit regional/local soccer organization within the U.S., serving youth 5 to 18 years old, can apply. A preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities.

We couldn't be happier for our kids. Like all nonprofits, every little bit helps. If you want to pitch in too, please visit our Mightycause page or send a check to our Administrative Office (2438 W 18th St, Wilmington DE 19806). Future Soccer Stars Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 81-5161637.

29 November 2017

Home Sweet Home

Remember back in September we mentioned something big on our horizon? Well, the news is out... Future Soccer Stars Foundation is building a home!

City of Wilmington Press Release​

VIDEO | Wilmington gets excited about 76ers project, potential for future -- WDEL

"$26 million Wilmington sports complex to be 'huge economic generator'" -- Delaware News Journal

"76ers, developer team up to build Wilmington arena" -- Delaware News Journal

"Sixers to build 140,000-square-foot complex in Wilmington" -- The Inquirer

"The 87ers are Getting a Rebrand and a New Arena" -- SBNation: Liberty Ballers

"Sports complex for Delaware 87ers to rise on Wilmington Riverfront" -- Delaware Business Times

"New sports arena is coming to Wilmington" -- WHYY

"Massive new sports complex coming to Wilmington with Philadelphia 76ers backing" -- WDEL

7 November 2017

Mark McKenzie in the news

Read short article about Mark's progress... "Who’s ready to jump from USL to MLS?"

26 October 2017



Daniel Medina and Angela Ramirez, Future Soccer Stars Foundation program participants, have submitted to #WhyIPlay. What is #WhyIPlay?:

The U.S. Soccer Foundation and SOCCER.COM have partnered to help players relive their favorite soccer memories through the #whyIplay contest.


  • Share a favorite soccer memory or a story about why you play

  • You could win exclusive SOCCER.COM swag

  • For every entry, SOCCER.COM will donate $1 to youth programming

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is committed to helping young people in underserved communities across the country. Their programs help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth through trained coach-mentors. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development.

Hear Daniel's quote, and Angela's quote.

27 September 2017

MM in Marbella!


Future Soccer Stars Foundation's Ambassador, Mark McKenzie, has been chosen to travel with the US U18 MNT to Spain to compete in two international friendlies. Mark, who is currently studying and playing at Wake Forest, will be at camp October 2nd. Games begin October 5th against Belgium, and October 9th vs Russia. Good luck to our Ambassador!

12 September 2017

Happenings: Fall 2017


We've had a very busy start. Our programs (six!) for the fall of 2017 have begun! And with this new season comes big big-- wait... we can't tell you just yet.


Let's just say, "There's no place like home..." Stay tuned.

11 July 2017

Article: Mark McKenzie in the News Journal

Delaware local and FSS Ambassador, Mark McKenzie, was featured in the News Journal. Check out the article.

15 June 2017

Where's the Ambassador?


So we've been waiting on Mark McKenzie to get us some bio info and a pic or two for his FSS Ambassador webpage, but haven't heard a thing. Now we know why: see Philadelphia Union Academy on Instagram... Mark is #5.

18 May 2017

SHOUT-OUT: The Philadelphia Union


Big shout-out and thanks to the Philadelphia Union for helping us get the word out about FSS and its "City on the Pitch" event for our program participants. See the posting here and make sure to connect through any and all of the Union's social media links: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Español Twitter, YouTube. GO UNION!

27 April 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Future Soccer Stars Foundation and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Celebrate 2nd Annual Soccer Playday


Future Soccer Stars is excited to once again hold the FSS “City on the Pitch” Annual Playday at the University of Delaware. For FSS, it's a great way to celebrate our success in helping kids get introduced to soccer and all that the sport brings. For kids, it's a great way to play together -- we bring all of the participating children from host organizations to one place for a fun afternoon of soccer, fun, and food. You can read the press release here.

20 April 2017

Announcing the FSS Ambassador Program


Future Soccer Stars is proud to announce it has created an ambassador program. The purpose is to provide kids a role model who is a local to Delaware and has achieved success in the world of soccer.


Our first ever ambassador is Mark McKenzie. Mark grew up in Bear, DE and played for local soccer club Delaware Rush. He is currently a Defender who trains and plays for the Philadelphia Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC. If that isn't enough success for you, Mark is also a member of the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team -- right now, he's in Slovakia...

We want to thank Mark for readily agreeing to be our first FSS Ambassador. We will be creating a dedicated page on our website for this. Stay tuned.

19 April 2017

New FSS Host: Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center

Today, Steve and Oliver met with Mr. Jea Street and his staff at Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center to discuss the hosting of our program. It was agreed we'd start in the fall season of 2017!

This brings our total number of FSS sites to 6 in the city of Wilmington, DE by the end of 2017. Welcome to Hilltop!

12 April 2017

DEFC to the NPL

Our partner, Delaware FC, was just accepted into the National Premier Leagues (NPL) for the 2017-2018 season. DEFC will be playing in the top Division of Eastern Development Programs NPL, which includes some of the best teams from Eastern PA, MD, NJ and NY.

Read about it here.

10 April 2017

Soccer in the City

Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. hosted a lunch meeting titled, "Soccer in the City," in which several prominent and key people working in, with, or for the city, attended to hear more about FSS and its needs. Some attendees included Mayor Michael S. Purzycki, and representatives from local law firms, the Governor's office, the State Senate, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, and the University of Delaware to name a few.

Steve Cavalier was able to explain FSS's plans for the growth of its programs and its needs for funding and resources to be able to continue to serve more children in the City of Wilmington. Some fantastic discussion and ideas were generated including some attendees offering rolled-up sleeves. We even got to have birthday cake as dessert.

Thanks to all that attended this successful meeting! FSS looks forward to working with everyone, and to expanding our reach and impact in the city.

23 March 2017

New FSS Host: William C. Lewis


FSS in organizational talks to introduce another program site: William C. Lewis Dual Language Immersion Elementary SchoolIf you would like to host our program, please send a note to Steve for more details and consideration.

22 March 2017

Spring Sponsor: Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is sponsoring all four spring sites for FSS’s programs. We are not only humbled by this generosity, but eager to work with Nemours.

Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Its nationally-recognized specialists provide a comprehensive range of clinical services for children from birth through age 21. Additionally, its family-centered model of care includes parents and providers working together to develop a highly personalized plan that best meets the needs of each child. To learn more, visit
The Nemours Center for Sports Medicine, located at the hospital, is the region’s largest pediatric sports medicine facility with more than 7,200 square feet of therapy space, state of the art concussion assessment technology, and two 30-yard indoor track lanes. To learn more about the Nemours Sports Medicine Program, visit, or view this brochure.

16 March 2017

... and we're live!


Our website is live! If you have any issues with the site or if the info is incorrect, please let us know. Always check back for the latest on FSS and our programs.

If you need to contact us, feel free to use the email link in the top right-hand corner of our site.

Thanks for visiting!

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