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A home on the field
Transcript of A home on the field
The Soccer Team is at their State High School Playoffs against a familiar opponent
The team they were facing was one very different than their own
Coach prepared pep talk to hype up players due to this win being important.
Coach used chain to represent unity and coming together for a common goal.
Big change from the start of soccer team where they were met with fear and distrust for being different
By: Valerie Guerrero
Enrique is a 13 year old boy, oldest of 5 living in a single room house. Author meets him upon arriving in the town
Author started coaching soccer team of 10 year old white kids
author wanted to give students an organized outlet to play soccer
Club team players where the ones recognized by professional scouts
Enrique grew up in a poor immigrant community
Enrique and his brother got involved in local gang activity by accident
Dolores moved family to NC
Author wonders what will happen to latino players
Over the years the US has seen a growing number in the Hispanic population.
It hasn't been a problem until recently.
NATO caused workers to flee to North America.
The migration of these workers to Siler City, NC restored and spurred growth and development in a dying town.
Culture clashes have caused problems for the new population.
A Home on the Field
Cuadros, P. (2007).
A Home on the Field
(p. 320). New York: It Books.
Paul Cuadros's family moved to the United States from Peru in 1960. An award-winning investigative reporter, he has written for Time magazine and Salon.com, among others. In 1999 Cuadros won an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to write about the impact of the large numbers of Latino poultry workers in rural towns in the South. He moved to Pittsboro, North Carolina, to conduct his research and stayed on to document the growing Latino community in the Southeast.
A Home on the Field: How One Championship
Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America Paperback – Bargain Price, October 16, 2007. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2014.
Mountains of NC for their next game, the boys are reminded of Mexico by the scenery that surrounds them
Caballo has had a very rough life as an immigrant and it goes a little bit into his story here
Cuardos talks about a German student named Dominic who was a strong and really intimidating kid on their team
The coach of the other team seems prepared as if he has scouted out the players and knows what to expect
It's are really harsh environment to play in; the refs would call things, but not a lot because the crowd was so harsh they feared them
Fish ends up getting hurt pretty badly and a player from the other team ends up getting ejected because of it
The boys are devastated with the loss, but end up loosing up on the bus ride home, and are back to dancing and cutting up after a little while.
Author of the book states journey started from beginning as a reporter in Washington DC to Siler City,NC
Won a Alicia Patterson Foundation for writing on silent migration occurring in the rural south
"I strongly suspect that life was being transformed in these hamlets in untold ways as latinos moved in to work at the plants and that the food-processing industry was fueling a migration unlike any the country had ever seen before."
Latino Workers in demand due to construction and poultry industry workers being in high demand.
The author decided that his next writing assignment would be to investigate how this growing population was received in the small towns still struggling with their own race and class issues.
Author runs into a "Vinculo Hispano"
Paulos's father first came to America without his wife and sons
Through hard work, he was able to earn enough to bring his wife and sons over
Paulos was the first of his family to actually be born in America
Paulos's father ended up teaching them soccer
Cuardos could relate to the boys that he coached because he experienced everything as a child
Through his journey in college and starting out in life, he felt the sting of racial prejudice
Coaching was so much more because he saw his family, father, and himself in their eyes.
Though the season ended, the boys are still working in the fall on a club team to prepare for the spring season
Focus on Enrique, his life at home and on the field, as he suffers a devastating injury during their game
Cuardos talking about the fact that options for success being less defined for Latino kids and their parents
Practices are now being held on a baseball field, shared with a baseball team
The team lost some players from the regular season team, but gained new members who were essential
The coaches begin to scheme how to make the change the team needs to make them successful.
Fish and how schooling can many times be interrupted with family problems
Crossing the border is brought up, with the fact that migrant families often weren't prevented from coming over, but were locked once they got here
"Neither a fence or the US Army could stop what was beating in their hearts."
"But Americans are born everyday...many just never get the chance to actually get here."
• Team was playing the last game of the season against Albemarle.
• They had gone pretty far in the season even though they had the
• They ended up losing the game to Albemarle after a close fight and
carpooled to Lechero’s trailer park.
• When they arrived to drop him off they realized there was a police
officer at a checkpoint to check for driver’s licenses.
• They said that it was unfair to have the police set up specifically in a Latino predominant neighborhood just to catch migrants with no licenses.
• In this chapter the students have graduated from high school.
• The ones who didn’t either moved or dropped out for various reasons.
• For example, Loco had to drop out a month before the school year ended even though he was a great student because he started having trouble at home.
• Jordan-Matthews had changed significantly thanks to Moody, there was more discipline but at the same time the students felt warmth from the staff.
• In 15 years the population had doubled and 39.3 percent were Hispanic and they contributed $9 billion do the economy of NC and let to 89,600 jobs.
Fish and his journey across the boarder and back to the US
His family finds a coyote smuggler to get him back, but the group he is with is caught by the patrol during a night raid
He is brought back across the boarder to a city in Mexico where he meets another man
The man agrees to help him cross the boarder, and despite his skepticism and fear, Fish decides to trust him
A smaller group of 5 and different, shorter route than the previous coyote
Fish makes it back
Coach gets wind that Fish has made it back, he is elated
He rushes to his house to get him, get him a physical, and get him in the first game
• There was a man called “Pelucas” who provided housing for the workers of the chicken plants coming from Latin America.
• He owned many run-down houses along the avenue “Avenida Pelucas” and rented them out to Central Americans and they were in horrible state.
• Indio says that he has adapted but he knows he’s still Mexican and he’s learning English but he wants to keep his roots. He’s a very sad person because he doesn’t have his father with him.
• Indio emphasizes on the fact that at 11 he didn’t know that crossing the border was wrong but he says that now even knowing that it’s wrong he’d still do it because being separated from his father is a bigger crime in his book.
• Cuadros fears that the boys aren’t ready for life after graduation because of the fact that they may be humiliated or degraded because of their backgrounds and legal status.
• “We would always be contenders but never champions” – Cuadros p.225
• Boys were training for a new season of soccer and Cuadros had high expectations but they had the issues of society with poverty and alienation that interfered.
• Rematch with Albemarle is very emotional for both Cuadros and the team and they won the game!
• Guero doesn’t care about anything anymore and starts down a dark path that Cuadros helps him through and prevents him from dropping out.
They lost their first game because they were completely out of sync and every man for himself
La Liga, a rough and unbelievable league of migrants that has grown is the influence of these boys substantially
Police are even used to break up fights and refs are putting their lives on the line to break them up
Cuardos starts to police their behavior, having them do 10 push ups for swearing and for inappropriate conduct
Lenin tells Cuardos he quit his job because it was too "white" for him
This worries Cuardos as Lenin was one of the most assimilated of them all, how would the other assimilate?
A game is played where the crowd is so threatening, they have to stay on the field after the game until the crowd thins out because of the threats to the team
Cuardos has to kick one of the guys off the team for hitting another team member
The team didn't understand and confronted Curados, wondering what was going on
Cuardos stood his ground but realized he could loose the team with this confrontation and frustration, but had to be firm in consistency with punishment
Lenin's family was one of the first latino families in the town
Lenin waged a campaign to get a soccer program at the high school
Mr. Hamilton opposed soccer program due to it not getting in the way of football.
Stands at the football team games were still segregated
racial tension going on around the town
Mr. Hamilton states that students don't understand eligibility to play the sport
Author left office determined to see that they had a soccer team
Law enforcement, and health care started complaining about the new comers
parents began pulling students from schools
School board meeting on transfer policy became venting ground for parents
• Cuadros says that he put a lot of pressure on himself to get the team to do their best so the prejudice comments and judgments stop and they can break down the close-minded barrier.
• Cuadros ends the chapter by stating that he didn’t care whether the team won the state
championship: “There was only one thing I wanted. And I wanted it real bad. It had been the thing I had wanted since starting the program, the image I kept my eye on, not even allowing myself to utter it out loud. I told no one. Throughout every practice and during every game for the past three years, I had thought only about this one thing.”
Givens received complaints for sending a letter to the INS
Anti - immigration thinkers refused to admit that big business invited latinos to come work
David Duke is main speaker at anti-immigration rally
Latino children went to school in fear
Families unite at Latin catholic church beforehand to pray to god for help
Hundreds of people showed up to the rally
Author observed duke and realized he only talked to sell money for books
The catholic hispanic church was later vandalized.
"America can be capricious with her affection, leaving us like jilted lovers, world-weary, but perennially hopeful".
• “Was the soccer field any different from the tomato field? Or the chicken field? Or the construction field? Latinos were always safe when they kept to their fields. But when they stepped beyond them, when they moved from under the protective lights of their fields, they stepped into the darkness, the unknown world of being undocumented.”
• Cuadros told them to go meet him where the pictures of all the teams were and he told them that this championship game they were playing for a picture on the wall, to write their history.
Latino's mostly lived in trailer parks in very bad conditions originally made for african americans.
New principle at school took control of the school
new author and another teacher compiled a list of possible students to join the team
Female team was more of a possibility
Author spoke to Gary Philips who directed him to superintendent
The school finally got the soccer team and a foreign teacher as a coach
First practice and baseball coach looks on grudgingly.
The boys had no idea how intense high school soccer could be.
The guys tried the drills but always go back to "cascarita" habit.
Second day saw less players to practice due to work and other circumstances.
Boys started preparing for first game by applying more discipline and uniforms.
Program started off with no starting costs.
Jets win first game 5-0
Ineligible kid named Juan almost played.
• Before the game Cuadros told them that they could do this and that they were playing in name of the players from seasons before that didn’t make it to the championship.
• The team won the championship game, first state soccer championship!
• Guero dropped out and started working at a chicken plan but Cuadros tried to talk sense into him.
• The picture of their team was finally put up in the halls for the first time.
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Guys won first game but faced harsh comments by opposing team.
Winning streak of 9-1 games won.
Other latino teams didn't make a dent in the conference.
Dolores was robbed on the way to laundry mat.
Latinos easy target for robbers.
Boys finished the season strong.
Author becomes closer to coaches of other sports team at the school.
Coaches put up offensive poster at the school.
Team came in second in the conference and won their first play off game at home.
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