8 Country Soccer "Family" Goes Undefeated


"Faced with three young African immigrants who were struggling in school, Lauren Mednick found the key to begin unlocking their academic potential: a soccer ball.

Now, over three years later, Mednick leads a “family” of 14 young men from eight different countries. She’s created an undefeated soccer team that plays together and hits the books together too, transforming their lives in the process. Her players are finding success in soccer, joining elite athletic programs; and in academics, entering a prized private school.

The heart of the process is a weekly soccer practice followed by a team study session. But Mednick devotes herself..."

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