Here’s what’s happening at Starfinder.
September 3, 2021
Starfinder and Hurricane IdaThe remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded Starfinder's field level, which includes our locker rooms, and Family Fuel food pantry. Read how you can help!
March 8, 2021
Starfinder kicks off Cocktails With a Kick! 2021Cocktails With a Kick! 2021 recognizes four exceptional community leaders that exemplify the mission of Starfinder and who inspire social change. Four awards will be presented digitally this week.
February 23, 2021
Starfinder Recognizes Community Leaders during Cocktails With a Kick! 2021Join us the week of March 8th as we celebrate leaders in the community that exemplify the mission of Starfinder and who inspire social change.
December 14, 2020
UEFA Foundation for Children Supports StarfinderStarfinder's Senior Leaders Program was selected as one of 55 UEFA Foundation for Children projects - and the only one in the US!
November 19, 2020
Starfinder is proud to be 1 of 10 GSK Impact winners for making Philly healthier!GSK awards Greater Philadelphia nonprofits making a powerful IMPACT on health outcomes now more than ever. Ten nonprofits each received $40,000 for their integral community support in the age of COVID-19.
November 15, 2020
Starfinder Welcomes a New Executive DirectorAfter an extensive, nationwide search, Andrea Rodgers is named Starfinder’s new Executive Director.
July 30, 2020
Starfinder searches for a new Executive DirectorHeidi Warren, our long-standing and much-beloved Executive Director, will be leaving Starfinder this Fall.
July 13, 2020
Starfinder awarded 2020 Sports 4 Life Grant by Women’s Sports Foundation and espnWStarfinder is excited to be named a 2020 Sports 4 Life grant recipient! The Womens Sports Foundation and espnW began the nationwide initiative in 2014 to to increase participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs.
May 28, 2020
Starfinder receives support from the PHL-COVID 19 FundThanks to this grant, Starfinder can continue to serve youth with daily and weekly virtual programming, mentor outreach, guidance on resources and self care, and distributing laptops and soccer equipment.
April 30, 2020
An update on Starfinder's kids during COVID-19.We are working hard to stay connected with our youth and building new forms of virtual engagement to help them maintain structure in their day-to-day lives, be part of a positive social network, and stay physically active.
November 20, 2019
UEFA Foundation for Children Supports StarfinderStarfinder's Senior Leaders Program was selected as one of 42 new UEFA Foundation for Children projects - and the only one in the US!
August 16, 2019
FIFA Supports Philadelphia’s Starfinder, using soccer to develop the whole personStarfinder is one of a number of organisations supported by the FIFA Foundation's Community Programme. With FIFA Foundation aid, Starfinder provides opportunities for youth development for underserved youth in Greater Philadelphia.
July 10, 2019
Manayunk youth soccer organization riding World Cup success to empower girlsStarfinder's leadership was featured on KYW Newsradio and speaks to how the success of the Women's World Cup has had a ripple effect on young women in Philadelphia.
July 10, 2019
Starfinder helps to build pipeline for girl's soccer in Philadelphia6ABC stopped by Starfinder to find out how they are getting more girls to play- and stay- on the pitch.
June 21, 2019
Philadelphia Magazine highlights Starfinder's efforts to Get More Girls to Play SoccerThe Manayunk-based Starfinder Foundation recently received a $22,500 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to expand its girls programming.
February 18, 2019
Starfinder awarded with a Premier League GrantLocal ‘Soccer for Change’ nonprofit Starfinder is awarded with a Premier League Grant. Starfinder is one of only eight organizations in North, Central and South America to receive this Award!
February 5, 2019
Heidi Warren featured on Manayunk Mornings!Check out Heidi as she joins hosts Leo Dillinger and Caitlin Maloney on the couch to talk about Starfinder and Cocktails with a Kick!
July 24, 2018
100 MPH Ball Machine VS FC Bayern at StarfinderJust for fun! You have to check out this video featuring none other than Starfinder Field and the Starfinder Ball Machine (plus a few world class soccer players you might know)!
July 23, 2018
Summer Soccer Pop-Up Pick-Up a huge success!This was a pilot run, to test the idea, and it was a huge success. In just one week, the teens in our programs ran 8 sessions at 6 locations for 130 kids!
July 15, 2018
Starfinder student-athletes chosen to Strive!Each year Strive brings together student-athletes from high schools around the country and helps them become character leaders on and off the field. This year, two Starfinder student-athletes were chosen to participate in the Strive Sports Challenge: Justin Gilkin and Jessica Luna.
July 1, 2018
Two Starfinder teens chosen for Scholarship positions by Woza SoccerFor the past two summer, Woza Soccer has awarded 11 full scholarships. Only a limited number of full scholarship recipients are selected. This year two Starfinder teens were awarded scholarships! During July, Kendra Chan will be traveling to Peru for 18 days, and Gregory Roach will be traveling to Malawi for 19 days.
June 27, 2018
Starfinder, a Game On Philly Partner!Too few Philly kids get to play sports. A new initiative hopes to change that.
June 25, 2018
Starfinder featured in Summer edition of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Touchline magazineTouchline, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's quarterly magazine, is the leading youth soccer publication in Pennsylvania. Starfinder is featured in the Summer edition.
June 23, 2018
Starfinder Foundation named Union vs. Vancouver Charity of the Match"We were so honored to be the Charity of the Match! Thank you, Philadelphia Union and PHLY Insurance, for shining a spotlight on Starfinder's programs. It was a huge moment of pride for our kids and our coaches to see Starfinder recognized on the big screen." said Heidi Warren, Executive Director at Starfinder Foundation.
June 20, 2018
Going to Russia! Starfinder representing the USA at the World CupStarfinder Foundation teens to spend 9 days immersed in the international soccer for social change movement.
June 11, 2018
Starfinder Foundation selected to partner with International Soccer Star Juan Mata to advance Gender EqualityStarfinder is so honored and humbled to be selected as one of the first 27 organizations to receive funding from Common Goal initiative. Special thank you to Juan Mata, David Accam of the Philadelphia Union and all of the soccer players from around the world, who donated a portion of their salary to help bring social change to youth around the globe!
June 6, 2018
Senior Leader Program participant, William Sigler, featured in Play Proud campaign“We believe you can be an out gay athlete. For so many young LGBTQ youth, there is no safe space to be themselves and to be heard. We believe soccer can fill that void. Play Proud can save lives, literally.” ~Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe, Regional Manager for Streetfootballworld USA
June 6, 2018
Starfinder awarded 2018 Sports 4 Life Grant by Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW“Thank you, Women’s Sports Foundation!” said Heidi Warren, Executive Director of Starfinder. “The Sports 4 Life grant will help us give our girls more opportunities to compete in a spring soccer league, and practice both their soccer and their leadership skills. We’ll continue to support them with high quality coaching, academic support, mentoring, and a life skills curriculum, but nothing beats the learning opportunities (and confidence boost) of competitive play.”
May 18, 2018
MLS Players Association highlights Starfinder's Impact On and Off the FieldThe Major League Soccer Players Association is proud to support Starfinder programs as a part of the Players Promise commitment to give back to organizations that provide access and growth opportunities for those who can benefit the most from the chance to play soccer.
April 7, 2018
Dillinger Does It at Starfinder!Manayunk Morning's Leo Dillinger recently visited Starfinder to learn how to kick a penalty shot from Starfinder's own Sammy Ortiz and Abdul Sule!
February 24, 2018
Starfinder wins the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Service to Community AwardThe Service to Community Award was introduced by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer in 2014 to recognize the people and organizations whose philanthropy and goodwill has helped our various soccer communities. This year's receipt is Starfinder Foundation.
January 24, 2018
Starfinder nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Greater PHILADELPHIA TOP Social Innovators Education AwardThe award represents an incredible opportunity to stand alongside Greater Philadelphia's social entrepreneurs who are reshaping our neighborhoods and communities, and whose ideas are inspiring people around the world.
November 9, 2017
Starfinder wins the 2017 GSK IMPACT AwardThe GSK IMPACT award is highly competitive and highlights organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve barriers to health. Starfinder was among ten local nonprofits that were awarded $40,000 each. We’re so honored to be selected by GSK for this prestigious award recognizing Starfinder’s role in building a healthy community. Thank you GSK for helping us invest in our kids!
October 17, 2017
Cocktails with a Kick raises funds for Starfinder FoundationCocktails with a Kick is a fundraising cocktail party benefiting Starfinder. This fun, social evening took place at Cozen O’Connor in Center City Philadelphia, PA. 150 guests from throughout Philadelphia area came to honor Braskem for championing Starfinder’s girls leadership program. This event raised $19,000 in program support for Starfinder.
February 14, 2017
Starfinder Recognized for High Quality, Data Driven Program by Up2Us SportsStarfinder has been recognized by Up2Us Sports as a host site that has collected high quality data and that is achieving great results for their youth!
July 20, 2016
Comcast Newsmakers: Soccer for Social Change with Heidi Warren, Executive Director"We aim to work with kids who are living in communities that are not well-served by their schools, who do not have a lot of opportunity for enrichment activities outside of school, and as a result, often do not get the support they need to succeed in their lives in general."
May 9, 2016
Donors and SponsorsThank you, Starfinder donors, for contributing $22,204 in response to the year-end appeal.Youth in the Senior Leaders program have been enjoying better equipment, more tutoring hours, and college visits because of your support.
May 9, 2016
Corporate Days of CaringThe kids who call Starfinder home know soccer is a team effort – and they’re also learning that life is a team effort. It’s a lesson we teach them but it’s also something they see every day when people and companies help us clean and fix up our indoor soccer field; much in the same way that city blocks come together for clean-up days.
May 9, 2016
College Exposure: Real Talk about College from Starfinder AlumniGetting into college – and thriving once you get there – can be tricky for any student, but it’s especially challenging if your parents didn’t go to college. This is the experience most Starfinder kids have, which is why we’ve focused so much more attention on college exposure over the past few years.
May 2, 2016
Volunteer Spotlight: Mack HardakerThe corrugated sky blue walls of the Starfinder building may not merit a second glance to many. For Mack Hardaker, it did.
May 2, 2016
Mitzvah and Service ProjectsKids from other soccer clubs have been helping us out through mitzvah and service projects.
May 2, 2016
Leaders Making Social Change Through Soccer - It’s All Happening at StarfinderStarfinder’s lead staff are wowing – and getting wowed by – soccer enthusiasts from across the region.
May 2, 2016
My Starfinder Family, My Starfinder HomeA home is defined to be a dwelling place, together with the family, that offers security and happiness. I believe a home does not have to be a place; you can find comfort, security and happiness within a person. This is what I discovered in my Starfinder teammates and coaches.
October 27, 2015
“Starfinder has made me a better person.”At Starfinder, we’re committed to providing the highest quality programs for young people. Our work is research-informed and thoroughly evaluated. We collect data through surveys, report cards, fitness tests, and focus groups. The 2014-15 Senior Leader Program year was a huge success! Here’s how our students performed in our three program “pillars”.
April 27, 2015
Senior Leader learning about soccer for social change in South AmericaWith funding from SportsUnited (a program of the Department of State) and assistance from streetfootballworld, representatives of six organizations from the Americas are travelling the Western Hemisphere to visit sports-based youth development programs.
April 5, 2015
Youth Council Leads The WayIn January Senior Leaders started taking the lead in a whole new way when Starfinder formed its first ever Youth Council.
April 5, 2015
Senior Leaders earn points to "buy" items at Starfinder StoreThis year saw the launch of the Starfinder Store, where participants trade points for great gear. Students earn points for things like good attendance or earning our weekly award for exemplary behavior, and can redeem them for anything from water bottles to cleats to coveted Starfinder jackets.
April 4, 2015
Starfinder from Sallen's ViewSallen Woewiyu (Starfinder ‘12) recently joined a group of alumni to talk to our current Senior Leaders about applying to and attending college. Sallen, a communications student at Eastern University, wrote to us after the visit to say what Starfinder meant to him.
April 4, 2015
Starfinder from Kat's ViewStarfinder Senior Leader Katerina (grade 12) recently shared her experience at Starfinder:
February 6, 2015
Girls in Senior Leaders Program at all time highThis Senior Leader Girls season is one for the Starfinder records! Coach Across America volunteer Casey Stewart led the charge in the fall to recruit girls to the Senior Leader Girls program. She visited high schools and soccer teams and challenged past participants to recruit new girls to the program.
February 5, 2015
Senior Leaders get new classroom thanks to grantWelcome to the Pelé room!