Zeb Montgomery was a gifted athlete and artist and he loved to give. He loved to play jokes and make people laugh. He loved his family and friends. He loved food. Born on January 8, 2001, he began playing soccer at the age of 4 and played up until he got sick at age 13. He moved up to the select soccer level. He was also a cross-country runner and had begun winning medals for himself and his middle school team.
Zeb had a vision for giving away soccer balls. The mandates on his life were to tell his story, help people, and give soccer balls to kids in other nations.
Zeb Montgomery battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia for 18 months. He passed away on November 10th, 2015 at 2:20pm. Zeb was 14 years old.
Zeb's Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to help carry out the mandates on Zeb's life. When asked why he wanted to give away soccer balls in the nations, Zeb replied, "Well, I want to help others and I love soccer and I want to share what I love with others."
Exactly 834 soccer balls were brought to Zeb's funeral and subsequently approximately 1200 more have been given. To date over 1000 soccer balls have been sent to extremely needy children, teenagers, and young adults in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Somalia, Czech Republic, Germany and the United States.
Our goal is to continue to telling Zeb's story, helping people, and giving away soccer balls to the extremely needy children and people in the nations.
Zeb's Foundation has sent approximately 1500 soccer balls to over 15 nations in the world so far in 2016. We have plans to distribute another 500 balls to wrap up our first year. None of this would have been possible without Zeb, his vision, the people who loved him and the people who are willing to help us tell his story!!
Check out our blog page to read some of the stories and see pictures from the trips that were taken to give out the soccer balls.
We have set a goal to raise 5,000 soccer balls to be distributed in 2017.