"Oakland International High School sits on a narrow, nondescript street in West Oakland, where Ben Gucciardi runs the Soccer Without Borders program. His players, like all the school's students, are recently arrived immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from countries like Eritrea, Iraq, Colombia and Myanmar. They don't have a soccer field, or any kind of field — they run drills with the OneWorld Futbol on the concrete yard out back.
The kids speak varying levels of English and can find academics challenging. Playing the game, though, they're nimble and confident...." Read more