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Paul Cuadros's A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope PDF

By Paul Cuadros

ISBN-10: 0061120278

ISBN-13: 9780061120275

ISBN-10: 0061243809

ISBN-13: 9780061243806

A house at the box is set religion, loyalty, and belief. it's a parable within the culture of Stand and carry and Hoosiers—a tale of 1 staff and their unintended trainer who grew to become sure heroes to the entire community.For the previous ten years, Siler urban, North Carolina, has been on the entrance strains of immigration within the inside part of the U.S.. Like a few small Southern cities, employees come from conventional Latino enclaves around the usa, in addition to from Latin American international locations, to paintings in what's thought of the house of industrial-scale chicken processing. At huge, immense chance, those humans have include the wish of a higher lifestyles and an opportunity to gain their part of the yank Dream. however it is not effortless. Assimilation into the South is fraught with struggles, and in no position is that this extra poignant than within the faculties. while Paul Cuadros packed his baggage and moved south to review the effect of the burgeoning Latino neighborhood, he encountered a tradition conflict among the long-time citizens and the newbies that at last boiled over into an anti-immigrant rally that includes former Klansman David Duke. It grew to become Paul's target to teach the transforming into numbers of Latino adolescence that their lives might be greater than the slicing line on the fowl vegetation, that completing highschool and heading to varsity can be a truth. He had to locate anything that the men may decide to passionately, figuring out that devotion to anything greater than them could be the key to supporting the lads locate the place they slot in the area. the reply was once football. yet Siler urban, like such a lot of different small rural groups, used to be a soccer city, and long-time citizens observed football as a international game and yet one more lodging to the beginners. After an uphill conflict, the Jets football workforce at Jordan-Matthews highschool was once born. soreness setbacks and heartbreak, the bulk Latino staff, in just 3 seasons and opposed to all odds, emerged poised to win the kingdom championship.

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Jordan-Matthews High School had been an all-white school. It took more than ten years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education to end school segregation at JM. And when it did end in 1968, there was an uprising by the new black students. On the front of the main building, painted in dark blue, was the figure of a ghost with white eyes that loomed over the entire school. The ghost had hovered over Siler City for too long. T “ he African-American people felt like that represented the emblem of the Ku Klux Klan,” Reverend Gray said.

Color film seemed inappropriate today. On the radio, Los Lobos played a Tejano tune. The McDonald’s drive-through, normally humming with the sound of idling engines from the breakfast patrons, didn’t have a single car in line. Raleigh Street was empty and the houses appeared as though they had their backs to the road—like they didn’t want to see what was going to happen. City hall stood like a temple in the middle of Second Avenue along the main downtown thoroughfare. The stone walls were light gray with white trim and there was a small balcony on the third floor where police officers stood between two square white columns surveying the street.

He told me that you had to have at least twenty-two kids participate. I had learned from being a reporter that when someone starts talking it’s best to let them talk as much as they want, take notes, and then come back to certain points. He explained that he had been the athletic director at another high school that had soccer and that it was an expensive addition. He told me that he didn’t disagree with the idea that a program was needed at JM but that the time wasn’t right. “The problem that we have with our Hispanic kids is they really do not understand being eligible to play the sport,” he said.

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