Jozy Altidore's life has been defined by a promise to his son, a heart for Haiti and a love for Toronto.
The youngest of four children of Haitian immigrants, Altidore has put together a decorated career playing for the United States Men's National Team and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
The prodigious talent, whose professional career has included highlighted stops with Dutch powerhouse AZ Alkmaar and Barclays Premier League Club Sunderland in England, was named the 2013 and 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year and the 2013 Player of the Year by Futbol de Primera.
Altidore is currently the third-highest scorer in U.S. Men’s Soccer history and has led the red, white and blue to two of the past three World Cups.
But it's his work with the Jozy Altidore Foundation that has given him meaning and perspective.
Launched in 2011, the foundation completed funding and construction of a community well for more than 400 people in Haiti in need of clean water as its first major project.
Altidore has also taken part in several charitable fundraisers and organized multiple projects, and has been recognized by several non-profit groups for his work in communities across the U.S. and Haiti.
As the father of a young son with autism, Altidore has partnered with other athletes, including NASCAR driver and reigning Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, in Autism Speaks — an organization dedicated to finding solutions for individuals with autism and their families.
Currently, his foundation is working with fashionable philanthropist Kenneth Cole on a large project in Haiti that will bring a new, all-purpose playing surface to help young athletes pursue their dreams in various sports.
Away from the field, the newly-engaged Altidore makes up half of a sports power couple with U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open Champion, who is currently ranked in the Top 10 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings.
During Altidore’s decorated time in Toronto — where he's scored 64 goals, led Toronto FC to the MLS Cup title in 2017 and was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player — he’s started a beautiful relationship with the city and its growing, passionate soccer community.
At the beginning of the 2019 season, Jozy signed a three-year extension with Toronto FC and endeared himself to fans with a now-famous speech as the freshly-minted face of the franchise:
"I just want to let you guys know that I've been partying since Saturday. And baby, I'm TFC 'til I die. This is my home, this is where I want to be and this is where I want to keep building,” cheered Altidore surrounded by TFC faithful.
And the city has returned the love.