The fierce talent and discipline of Scarborough-born and raised, professional soccer legend Dwayne De Rosario has taken him to pitches around the world—but his heart and humanitarian work always return to serve his hometown.
Through his DeRo United Futbol Academy and DeRo Foundation, young people from high priority neighbourhoods in Toronto can cultivate their skills, confidence, and dreams, on and off the pitch. What makes this celebrated, retired Toronto FC Captain and multiple-title-winning athlete most proud is “making a career from doing what I love to do, and now helping to create more opportunities for kids in my community to live the same dream.”
Having played in Major League Soccer teams Toronto FC, San Jose, Houston, New York and DC, Dwayne has earned many accolades: Four-time MLS Cup Champion team member, MLS Most Valuable Player in 2011, Male Canadian Player of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the Canadian team against Colombia in Los Angeles, and the all-time lead scorer for the Canadian National Team. A whirlwind sporting career that has transformed seamlessly into ambassador and charitable roles has made Dwayne, a husband and father of four, very happy.
“Scarborough is very unique and diverse, so having been raised in Metro Housing communities by Guyanese West Indian parents, I have a great appreciation for hard work. Embracing other cultures has made me well-rounded, as well as a strong individual. I have been very fortunate to travel the world, and still there is truly nothing like Scarborough, where every nationality has a place they can go and feel at home. The people are real and wear their passion, their hearts on their sleeves. It’s a hard-working community, one I’m very proud to say I stemmed from.”
When unwinding, Dwayne can be seen at some favourite Scarborough spots: “Windies, Roti Hut, Drupatees, Island Spice, my Mom’s house, the Scarborough Bluffs, Scarborough Town Centre, Thompson Park,” and of course, our many shimmering soccer fields. A stellar Scarborough son, coming full circle.
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