Our Story

As a single mother who raised three soccer-loving boys, Suzanne Fortune knows how much the sport meant to her children. When a friend showed Suzanne photos of African children joyfully kicking a ball around, she had an immediate emotional connection. She learned how a simple game of soccer created unity, fun, exercise and community within these children’s lives and knew this was her call to help. On this day, Soccer2Unite was born.

Soccer2Unite is a non-profit organization geared toward enriching underprivileged children’s lives through the sport of soccer. Since 2013, Suzanne and her team of volunteers have visited the Ugandan cities of Kable and Kampala and work closely with children at several orphanages and schools. Through these interactions and experiences, the foundation of Soccer2unite was created and the story continues to build.

Today, Suzanne and the Soccer2Unite Board of Directors are developing a program which will allow children to set goals and achieve their dreams, beginning with the practical lessons learned from a game of soccer.


Meet our team

Suzanne Forturne

Suzanne Forturne

Founder Having raised 3 soccer playing boys, Suzanne turns her attention to empowering and inspiring children who have not had such an easy life.  She is passionate about providing boys and especially girls opportunities to play soccer by which they … Read More

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes

Board Member A business leader in Seattle WA. Over the past 25 years, Peter has donated his time on and off the field in the soccer community as a youth coach, referee, referee mentor, Issaquah FC board member and now … Read More

Robert Heintz

Robert Heintz

Board member A Pacific Northwest native, Robert believes in philanthropic endeavors.  A busy businessman in high tech consulting, he manages to donate his time and resources to the soccer community.  Current President of Bellevue United FC he has helped re-brand … Read More

Charles Kezsler

Charles Kezsler

Financial & Business Consultant A retired CFO from big business and father of two boys, Chuck dedicates his time to a variety of board positions. He loves to travel, snow ski and fly fish.  He is passionate about giving of … Read More