Race and the Soccer Player: Part 2


“It’s crucial for me to pave the way for the next generation of black people, to create a legacy that people can look up to.”

In part 2 of “Race and the Soccer Player”, we dive into our soccer discussion, players Kei Kamara and Kellyn Acosta share some of their experiences with racism in the game, and we conclude with a message looking forward at how we can all impact change!

We’re excited to have two professional players join us – Kei Kamara and Kellyn Acosta – both of whom have represented their countries and who each bring a unique perspective to discussing their experience as a black man in America. Kei came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone as a teenager and settled in southern California before embarking on a career that has taken him overseas and across many markets in the US in Canada. As an immigrant, Kei brings a different perspective to Kellyn, who was raised in a suburb of Dallas. Kellyn discusses growing up in a mostly white, suburban environment and shares some very personal experiences that would not be obvious to American soccer fans, who have followed him from a teenager featuring for FC Dallas to the US National team. You won’t be disappointed in what these two men share about their experiences.

We’re also lucky to have Norton Herbst join us for the discussion. Norton is a pastor and professor of history, bringing a fascinating historical perspective to the topic of the black experience in America. He offers some thought provoking insight into how we’ve arrived where we are now on this important subject. 

Thanks for listening to our first episode(s) of The Player’s Podcast! Stay tuned to our website, social media pages, and the launch of our iTunes and Spotify channels for new episodes as they release and more info on upcoming guests, articles by contributors, and more!

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