Never Ran, Never Will

Never Ran, Never Will

Albert Samaha

Nonfiction / Sports

This uplifting story of a boys' football team shines light on the under-appreciated virtues that can bloom in impoverished neighborhoods, and asks challenging questions about the impact of economic progress in America's cities. The Mo Better Jaguars are the pride of Brownsville, a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn where New York City's decades of economic and social improvement are largely the stuff of rumors. As parts of America increasingly turn away from football, Brownsville's parents and coaches see virtue in the game's violence and competitiveness: refuge from the gang feuding that consumes much of the streets, and valuable lessons on how to survive in that unforgiving environment. In their best years, the Jaguars have been regional champions, and sent players to the highest levels of college football.This book, years in the reporting, tells the story of the Jaguars and the children — some as young as nine — who grow and...
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