One Goal:A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together
When thousands of Somali refugees resettled in Lewiston, Maine, the residents of the struggling, predominantly white town grew uneasy. Then the mayor wrote a letter asking Somalis to stop coming, which became a national news story. When scandal threatened to consume the town, high school soccer coach Mike McGraw integrated Somali kids onto his team, and their passion began to heal old wounds. Author Amy Bass then followed the Lewiston High School Blue Devils during their 2015 pursuit of a state title. For fans of FC Cincinnati soccer, H.G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, or Warren St. John’s Outcasts United.