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Washington DC, June 8, 2009 — If you love soccer, a great story, and believe in supporting kids with big dreams, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 20 from 1-3pm when New York Times reporter Warren St. John, author of “Outcasts United” (www.OutcastsUnited.com)— a book that is sure to be an educational and soccer classic — hosts a remarkable event at DC’s famous 9:30 Club (www.930.com).
In collaboration with the DC-based book event company, Hooks Book Events (www.hooksbookevents.com), the afternoon will be action-packed with great activities for kids including a juggling clinic with the Los Angeles-based soccer freestyle troupe, the Futboleros (www.fultboleros.us), a brief introduction by Warren St. John about “Outcasts United” (www.OutcastsUnited.com), followed by a performance by the wildly popular Afrofunk big band Chopteeth (www.Chopteeth.com).
Tickets are $10, and the proceeds benefit the Fugees soccer team (www.FugeesFamily.org), which the book features, explains St. John, who decided to set the event in DC because he wanted to celebrate with kids and adults are some of the biggest soccer fans in the country. “I love DC, and since Chopteeth is based here, it was an obvious selection.”
St. John encourages kids and adults alike to bring a soccer ball so they can practice the new juggling skills they’ll acquire during the Futboleros demonstration.
Get geared up for the big day of fun by seeing a preview of the event on YouTube.
Proceeds and a portion of book sales benefit the Fugees Family, a non-profit that supports educational and sports programming for boys from war-torn who have been settled in the U.S.
ABOUT OUTCASTS UNITED: A refugee team, an American town
Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones — from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children. These kids named themselves the Fugees.
Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents this diverse group of young people as they coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is the fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives — and the lives of their families — in the face of a series of daunting challenges.
What people are saying about “Outcasts United”
“A brilliant and empathetic depiction of our common quest for meaning and happiness. Warren St. John invites us into the lives of a community of refugees, their bewildered neighbors in a small town, and a Jordanian woman who not only coaches but also mentors, mothers, and inspires some remarkable boys to create a heartwarming tale about the transformations that occur when our disparate lives connect.” — Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone
“Truly unforgettable, Outcasts United offers a stirring lesson in the power of a single person to transform the lives of many. It’s an incisive window into the world ahead for all of us, where cultural diversity won’t be an ideal or a course requirement or a corporate incentive but a face of life that has to be wrestled with an reconciled, if never quite resolved.” — Reza Aslan, author of No got but God
ABOUT WARREN ST. JOHN
Warren St. John is a New York Times reporter who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Observer, and Wired magazine. The story that his newest book “Outcasts United,” is based upon first appeared as a 2007 article for the New York Times. The book was published in April and has also been optioned for a motion picture by Universal Studios. St. John is also the author of the National Bestseller Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania, which explores the phenomenon of sports fandom and chronicles the season St. John spent following Alabama football fans. He lives in New York City.