05-Mar-2018 05:00:00 | Yahoo Sports
Handwalla Bwana was known in the refugee camp as the kid who would make soccer balls out of garbage. There were not nearly enough regulation soccer balls to go around in Kakuma — a roughly 200,000-person, soccer-mad settlement in northwest Kenya — so Bwana filled a void. He and his pals kicked trash around and, for a while, that worked well enough. The first time Bwana played on turf, he says, was one of the best days of his life. It was in Atlanta in 2010, when Bwana was in middle school, after his family had recently immigrated to the United States. (More than 860,000 African immigrants gained lawful permanent residence in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010.) “The turf was something else,” Bwana says.