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Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
When Clarkston, Georgia, became a favorite for refugee relocation organizations, it started a chain of events that would change the town irrevocably. It’s one thing when a refugee population originates from the same country; but in Clarkston’s case, most of the refugees had little in common with each other, much less with Clarkston’s American citizens. Seeing the many children in need of safe recreation choices, Luma Mufleh, a passionate soccer coach and an immigrant herself, decides to organize several soccer teams just for refugee kids. In addition to providing instruction in the game, Luma also requires that her players spend a portion of practice time getting tutored with schoolwork. Her biggest challenge, however, is breaking through the Clarkston red tape and suspicion just to find fields for her kids to practice on.

I’m not really a soccer fan, but this is more than just a story about kids playing soccer. It’s inspiring to see the kids bonding despite having vastly different cultural, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. However, the seeming lack of overall support these kids and their families receive, as well as the cold reception as they are just plopped down into an American town, is also disheartening.
posted May 16, 2009 at 10:21AM
mamahammer said:
I liked the symbolism inherent in Luma’s name-a light in the darkness of these kids’ lives.
posted Sep 22, 2010 at 6:25AM
Emma said:
This was an amazing true story about a refugee soccer team in the deep south. It had so much heart, and the entire time I read it I felt like I was living through their lives with them; from their pain, confusion, joy, triumph, and every thing in between. It was an amazing story of a family, from countries all over the world, who were united by one thing: soccer.
posted Aug 17, 2011 at 1:20PM
Emma said:
This was an amazing true story about a refugee soccer team in the deep south. It had so much heart, and the entire time I read it I felt like I was living through their lives with them; from their pain, confusion, joy, triumph, and every thing in between. It was an amazing story of a family, from countries all over the world, who were united by one thing: soccer.
posted Aug 17, 2011 at 1:20PM
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