product description page

Play Like a Girl : How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution - (Paperback)

Play Like a Girl : How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution -  (Paperback) - image 1 of 1

about this item

Growing up and living in Kibera, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums. After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference.

In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls called Girls Soccer in Kibera (GSK), with the hope of fostering a supportive community and providing emotional and mental support for the young women in the town. The soccer program was a success, but the looming dangers of slum life persisted, and the young women continued to fall victim to the worst kinds of human atrocities. Indeed, it was the unyielding injustice of these conditions that led Abdul to the conclusion that soccer alone was not enough to create the necessary systemic change.

In 2006, after much work, the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) was established with their first class of 11 girls and 2 volunteer teachers. Today, KGSA is composed of 20 full-time staff, provides a host of artistic and athletic programs for more than 130 students annually, and continues to expand. By providing academics inside and outside of the classroom along with artistic and athletic opportunities, KGSA inspires the young women of Kibera to become advocates for change within their own communities and for Kenya as a whole.

Play Like a Girl tells the KGSA story through Abdul’s voice and vision and the stories of key staff and students. It is written by Ellie Roscher who spent 2 summers doing research at KGSA and several years writing this book.

Number of Pages: 206.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Social Science, Education
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Author: Ellie Roscher
Language: English
Street Date: August 8, 2017
TCIN: 51968378
UPC: 9781632280572
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-8029
$14.40
MSRPReg: $16.95 Save $2.55 (15% off)

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.