“I played soccer and I had an education which taught me three things when I came to the U.S from England – the head, the heart and the hands. When I graduated, I wanted to integrate those three things – to study, work hard and then do something for others. When I was involved with coaching, I saw that football wasn’t as inclusive in this country as it could be and I wanted to change that. When I was doing inner-city work back in 2007 I was in a playground with these kids and I realized that soccer could be a solution for kids’ development when it comes to attitude and behavior. That’s when I decided I wanted to try to help take down some of those barriers, in terms of providing places to play and in making it accessible.
“I think the #NYCSI initiative helps to achieve both.”
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