CJ Sapong


Soccer Star CJ Sapong On His Fight For Urban Farms

The MLS star’s Sacred Seeds is teaching kids about nutrition while getting their hands dirty

CJ Sapong plays to his own beat. He’s a yogi, a dancer, and a gardener interested in spending his free time researching gardening and hydroponics. The Philadelphia Union forward has spent the past seven years leading the line in Major League Soccer while showcasing his larger-than-life personality. The former rookie of the year has two caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team and won the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup with his former club, Sporting Kansas City, and now he’s trying to relive those highs in Philadelphia. He’s having one of his best seasons playing for the Union—he’s scored eight goals in 13 games—but what he really wants to talk about is food deserts and helping children in Philadelphia reach their potential through a better diet. ​He told his story to Kevin Koczwara.

Six years ago, I traveled to Ghana with a bag of soccer balls. I thought I was doing my part bringing them to kids less fortunate than me. My parents immigrated to the United States from Ghana and I wanted to give back to their home country.

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