Carmel didn’t waste any time. He quickly began playing pick-up games with a friend at a park in north Aurora, which was where he eventually met a man who coached a team of players from the African Community Center in Denver. It was with that group that he began to absorb stories, both gripping and tragic, that resonated with him — and mirrored his own

Arriving in the metro area six years ago, Arbab said it was difficult to get acclimated to a new country, new culture and a new language. But, she said, it was easier for her to become acclimated compared to her two older siblings — both of whom graduated from Overland — because she started in elementary school instead of high school

“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.,” Coffman said in a statement. “Let’s give them a chance to achieve the American dream through work, education or military service, and to help us together build a stronger America.”