Soccer coach helps Liberian children with their education

Eugene Harmon grew up barefoot on the streets of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia in West Africa, playing soccer.

As children, he and his friends didn’t have fancy equipment or a well-kept soccer field. Harmon collected large rocks for goal posts and created lines and markers out of sticks. Harmon said the sport taught him not to give up easily.

Years of practice have paid off. When he moved to the United States for higher education in 2009, a football coach at Bucks County Community College in eastern Pennsylvania invited him to join the college’s football program and offered him a scholarship. Eventually, he completed his associate degree in computer science in four years.

Now that he lives on Columbus’ East Side and earns his living as an IT specialist, the 33-year-old wants to give back to his community.

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