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A reflection of warren st johns outcast united

Fortunately, that's not actually what this book is about. And fortunately as far as I know Disney doesn't yet have its hands on this one.

Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

What makes the book engaging is that it presents several good narratives. The author is at his best in presenting the social turmoil brought about i If Disney got its hands on this would, the script would look a lot like a true-story Bad News Bears or Mighty Ducks or Major League.

  • It is not even a story about what we traditionally call international development;
  • For the fourth year in a row, it's nonfiction, and I was afraid I'd get too much of a dose of that feared Disney pic;
  • The Fugees' birth was not without challenges;
  • One day, Luma was driving to the store when she came across a group of boys playing soccer in a parking lot in Clarkston.

The author is at his best in presenting the social turmoil brought about in the small Atlanta suburb, where the good-natured but xenophobic mayor and the ideologue police chief are cartoonishly unprepared for the new settlers. Some people and institutions in Clarkston embrace change, while others retreat from the community or resist outright.

But the transformation story of Clarkston, Georgia, resulting from the dramatic influx of resettled refugees from every imaginable contemporary conflict, is topic enough for a book. These stories are captured wonderfully.

The bigger challenge for the writer, a white American and a grown manis capturing the lives of the refugees themselves, and the kids in particular. This is still done as well as one might be able to hope.

  • Led by the founder and coach Luma Mufleh, a strong-willed, Jordanian woman who turned her back on a privileged past to stay in America after attending Smith College, the three youth teams are a conglomeration of players from Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East;
  • International refugee resettlement organizations took notice of Clarkston because of its close location to downtown Atlanta which was in need of manual laborers, efficient public transportation, and excess, inexpensive housing.

Many of these children find the soccer team to be critically important for them. They learn to take responsibility for their own actions and play together.

  1. John details the story of the Fugees, a soccer team from tiny Clarkston, Georgia made up of refugee children from around the world. John invites us into the lives of a community of refugees, their bewildered neighbors in a small town, and a Jordanian woman who not only coaches but also mentors, mothers, and inspires some remarkable boys, to create a heartwarming tale about the transformations that occur when our disparate lives connect.
  2. John Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer.
  3. After all, is that not essentially the purpose of development?

But more importantly, the team and its unlikely coach give them structure and friendship, an outlet for youthful aggression, and a role model. The author particularly focuses on the growth of the under-13 soccer team, since those kids work together, grow, and best embody the hope and spirit of their coach.

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town

These kids endure chaos in the form of a perfect storm. Many are from single parent families whose head-of-household has to work long hours to keep the family afloat. Many arrived in the country at an age advanced enough to make the language and cultural transitions particularly difficult.

And to top it off, they are at an age that proves to be awkward even for the most well-adjusted of our species. Some of the kids cope well, but many others do not. As a result, the team fares poorly.

  1. The settler group contains people at all class levels, from rich to poor, who continue to maintain a sense of prestige and entitlement. In spite of it all, the Fugees compete admirably with mostly white, better-funded suburban teams.
  2. John Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, 2004 shows one determined woman profoundly impacting the lives of dozens of impoverished families.
  3. This wonderful, poignant book is highly recommended... Many are from single parent families whose head-of-household has to work long hours to keep the family afloat.

Each year, San Diego's public library and public radio team up to choose a contemporary book to promote as the city's book for the year in a program called "One Book, One San Diego", and this is the chosen volume for 2010. And this is why I read the book at all.

Outcasts United

Cynically, I was disappointed when I first saw their choice this year. For the fourth year in a row, it's nonfiction, and I was afraid I'd get too much of a dose of that feared Disney pic.

But this book really was much more fun than I'd feared.

  • However, it is a story of our global humanity and the power of sport—in this case soccer—to unite communities, overcome adversity, provide hope, and positively change lives;
  • Cynically, I was disappointed when I first saw their choice this year;
  • She saw their common humanity and their passion for soccer.

And given that San Diego is every bit as common a destination for refugees as Atlanta, it's a very relevant choice.