City Desk

City FC Builds Hearts, Minds and Soccer Fields

photo by Darrow Montgomery

photo by Darrow Montgomery

For the cool-ass tabloid version of the current Washington City Paper, I wrote about a really good deed done for a really good kid.

The folks behind City FC, a local soccer club organized to give athletic and academic support to under-supported and mostly immigrant players from DCIAA, worked hard to get a Cameroonian kid they call Eto'o from Roosevelt High, where he was lost and ignored, into Trinity-Pawling, an elite boarding prep school in Pawling, N.Y., where he was celebrated and thrived.

Eto'o, pictured above, picked up three things in his one year at T-P that he never would have gotten at Roosevelt: wrestling, the violin, and a college scholarship.

So pick up another copy City Paper, read the story again, patronize the advertisers twice, and save a way of life!

Butt seriously: Pretty much everybody I met for the story was so nice they made me feel lousy about myself.

Among those who made me feel lousiest: Akrem Muzemil, a player for City FC and Banneker.

Muzemil is leaving soon for his native Ethiopia. Muzemil, 17, is going to spend the summer building soccer fields in his former homeland.

He's traveling by himself. Muzemil raised money for the trip with the help of a City FC teammate from Eritrea. Muzemil says all the do-goodery done by the City FC leadership inspired them to undertake the field-building project.

"I was looking for  a way to give back," he told me.

Banneker, by the way, doesn't have its own soccer field.

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