Soccer as a Means to Immigrant Integration

By Mary Ann Zehr — April 22, 2009 1 min read
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So many books and so little time to read. But I’ve just put Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town on my mental list of books to read, after skimming a review of it in The Washington Post over the weekend.

Authored by New York Times reporter Warren St. John, the book tells about the lives of a dozen boys from war-torn countries living in Clarkston, Ga., who are formed into a soccer team by Luma Mufleh, an immigrant from Jordan. Mufleh, the coach, who was cut off from her father in Jordan, has nowhere to go back to, nor do the kids, according to the review. Soccer becomes the way for the youths to break their isolation from the dominant culture around them in their new homeland and forge a stronger connection.

And yes, it will also be a movie.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.