Tayquan has spent nearly his entire life in Staten Island. He was born and raised there, and he lived and breathed Staten Island. Sadly, at just 15 years old, Tayquan found himself fatherless. He was traumatized by this and didn’t know where to turn.
My name is Yahya Alasad. I am a 39-year-old Syrian man from East Ghouta near Damascus. In Syria, I played 16 years of professional soccer for the Al-Wahda Sports Club. My dream was to become a professional soccer coach after being a player for so long.
If you know Hemon, working anywhere other than Baltimore was never an option; he sees far too much of himself in these children to go elsewhere. Hemon was born in a refugee camp in Nepal to Bhutanese parents. In 2008, he arrived in Baltimore as a twelve-year-old who couldn’t speak English, but was determined to succeed in his new country.
To the kids she coaches Marnisha goes exclusively by ‘Coach Super.’ The moniker doubling as a nickname and the perfect embodiment of her life and commitment to young people. Hearing Marnisha’s story, her nickname becomes less surprising. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio she grew up in a religious family where both of her parents worked, she went to school, played little league baseball and other sports here and there.