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Outcasts United: The Story of The Fugees Soccer Team

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Date and time
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Warren St. John and Luma Mufleh talk about St. John's book, *Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town*. The book tells the story of a youth soccer team, The Fugees, made up of boys from families that have been relocated to the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston, GA, from war-torn countries around the world. Mufleh is the Jordanian-born coach of the team.

Warren St. John has written for the *New York Observer*, *The New Yorker*, *Wired* and *Slate*, in addition to his work as a reporter for *The New York Times*. His first book, *Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania *, was named one of the *Sports Illustrated* best books of the year, and ranked number one on *The Chronicle of Higher Education * list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics.
Luma Mufleh is from Jordan. She moved to Atlanta a year and a half after graduating from Smith College in 1997. She got a job coaching soccer at a suburban YMCA, and in 2004, she formed the Fugees, a group of YMCA-sponsored teams of young refugees from various war-ravaged countries. With education still her highest priority, Mufleh required the players to sign contracts committing to homework, tutoring, and a host of other conditions to stay in the game.