Typically known as the mostly-white, suburban borough of New York City, Staten Island is undergoing an influx of African residents who say they prefer the affordable rents and the island’s quiet atmosphere to the traffic-filled, concrete jungle of Manhattan.
As their numbers grow on the island, organized soccer is one of the activities that is helping to unite young Africans and keep them out of trouble.
Staten Island’s growing racial demographics have not been without their racial conflicts. Last year, multiple attacks against Hispanics by young black males drew media attention that strained relations between both communities.
Those conflicts, Brumskine says, are what motivated her to organize this tournament. “After watching the 2010 World Cup and I saw how Mexico and all of these different countries were together, I thought one of the best ways to bring people together is through sports.