NYCFC’s Jeb Brovsky uses soccer to help change lives around the world

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PURCHASE, NY  -   “You wanna make the playoffs and you wanna represent your city and your club,” Jeb Brovsky said.

It's a goal Jeb Brovsky and the New York City Football Club won't achieve this season.

“You still have a job to do with the season coming to an end," he said.

The eight-month long journey didn't quite live up to expectations especially with some high-priced, marquee guys on the roster like David VIlla, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard."

“There’s always growing pains in this league with any expansion club and with new guys coming in the middle of the season, it’s bound to happen,” Brovsky explained. "It’s a great foundation for where we’re going and it can only go up from here.”

Web extra: Jeb Brovsky talks Villa, Pirlo and Lampard

This defender started most games at the beginning of the season but hasn't played in a match since June. His contributions though haven't gone unnoticed.

“I’ve hopefully given my teammates some energy, some passion, some fight," he explained. "I hope they can look at me as a guy who they can rely on day in and day out just to be consistent and be a hard worker.”

An attitude and appreciation sparked by a childhood tragedy, living in the same town during the Columbine High School massacre.

“I certainly remember every second of that day it seems like," he said. "Daniel Mauser was my neighbor [and] it really shook me as a young person to see a tragedy hit so close to home. It reminds you in life that you are not invincible.”

Web extra: Who Jeb Brovsky credits with helping him start his non-profit

From there, he knew he wanted to make a difference and while studying Business Management and International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University, the way to do so came to him.

Peace Pandemic was the culmination of my two passions, soccer and nonviolence. It originally started as just teaching kids about nonviolence after we played," Turner explained. "But my wife and I went to India in 2011 [and] what really touched me was how the women were marginalized and the girls were marginalized, so we came back from that trip and we really wanted to narrow our focus on violence against women both structurally and physically.”

Web extra: Jeb Brovsky details what he and his wife saw in India

Brovsky is also using soccer to help combat another crisis, as a U.S. Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup.

“They’ll practice, they’ll train, they’ll fly out to the world cup and they’ll compete for their country," he described. "It’s amazing to see some of the changes they go through.”

His partner and biggest supporter through it all is his wife, Caitlin.

“We knew each other since the 5th grade [and] she did write in my yearbook that I was cute so I think it was made from then on,” he laughed. "We went to different high school and universities but then reconnected after that."

The two are now taking on a new adventure together, parenthood.

“We just had a little angel Laeth Patrick Brovsky, he’s the best thing to ever happen to us,” he gushed. "He's a stud and will hopefully grow up to do incredible things."

NYCFC has two more games left this season, with the final match October 25th and Yankee Stadium.

“We want to end on a good note,” he said. "And [we want to] give the fans something to remember!”

Web extra: Jeb Brovsky's message to NYCFC fans

Speaking of something the fans can't forget, his mustache, which he shaved off in September.

"It’s funny, no one recognized me," he laughed. "I honestly walked right through the crowd the day after I did it at Yankee Stadium and no one knew who I was.”

 

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi