Monday, May 14, 2007

The Fugees


We all know the usual cliches of sports as a tool to change people's lives. Rarely do we see as concrete an example as the Fugees soccer team of Clarkston, Georgia.

It perked my ears up when I heard about this team of refugees playing football in a small town in rural Georgia. Their story has made national news media here in the United States and for good reason.

Take a look at this article that appeared on the front page of the New York Times about the Fugees, short for refugees.
It will move you to tears. It's an emotional, powerful story about the challenges refugees face in this country.

Coming from war-ravaged lands to the general prosperity & peace of the US sounds wonderful in theory. But in practice, it can be an amazing hardship.

Here's a small quote from the article:

The Fugees, 9 to 17 years old, play on three teams divided by age. Their story is about children with miserable pasts trying to make good with strangers in a very different and sometimes hostile place. But as a season with the youngest of the three teams revealed, it is also a story about the challenges facing resettled refugees in this country. More than 900,000 have been admitted to the United States since 1993, and their presence seems to bring out the best in some people and the worst in others.


I don't want to spoil the story for you, so please click on the link above and read the Fugee's amazing story, as told by Warren St. John and the fine kids and coaches of the Fugees.

Inspiring is just one word I can think of about these people ...

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