Turning Soccer Dreams into Reality


Hesham Arobye, who is the Head Coach of the Hamtramck Warriors Soccer Club, has done a lot for his team over the years. He has put together one of the states best youth soccer programs, which has won a state championship over the years. Hesham has raised funds so that his players can look good on and off the field, and also has used money to give the team their own bus so that he can transport the team from place to place.

By Omar Thabet
The Yemeni American News

If you talk to Hesham though, his real goal in life is to get his players scholarships so that they can keep playing soccer at the collegiate level. Well Hesham is one step closer to that goal, all thanks to hard work and the Olympic Development Program.

The Olympic Development Program, or ODP, is a non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. The ODP is based around the United States and internationally as well.
The two players that were selected to take part in the ODP from the Hamtramck Warriors are Mosa Almasmari and Mohammed Almasmari. Mosa and Mohammed are both cousins.

When I asked coach Hesham what made both players so special, he said, “They are both very similar. I never had players who adapted to my system and my philosophy so quickly. You never hear them talking back to me. They show up to every practice and give their full effort. They were days where I would push them really hard and they would just react to it the way any coach would want his players reacting to it.”

Coach Hesham later added, “I know they will make it to the next level because of their hard work and their effort on and off the field. They are both smart kids and they also come from a family that shows them great support.”

Here is a quick profile on both Almasmari cousins:

Mosa Almasamari

How old are you?
– 16 years old

What school do you attend?
– Oakland International Academy

What grade are you in?
– 11th Grade

What is your GPA?
– 3.9

What position do you play in soccer?
– Back line defense

Who is your favorite soccer player?
– Dani Alves

What do you expect to get out of the ODP?
– I want to get a scholarship out of this so I can go to college and play soccer.

What do you want to major in when you grow up?
– I want to go into the medical field to become a doctor.

How much of an impact has Coach Hesham had in your life?
– I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for him. I’d probably be working right now chasing money rather than chasing my dream. He provides us with everything; food, clothes, and transportation. He is a gift to us; he is a blessing.

How important is it to have parents that support your athletic dreams?
– It’s very important. Both of my parents have been supportive through every step of the way. They have always helped out and been there when I need them. It’s great because they don’t want us to get a job now; they just want me to focus on school and soccer.

 

Mohammed Almasmari

How old are you?
– 16 years old

What school do you attend?
– Oakland International Academy

What grade are you in?
– 11th Grade

What is your GPA?
– 3.76

What position do you play in soccer?
– Left wing

Who is your favorite soccer player?
– Riyad Mahrez

What do you expect to get out of the ODP?
– I also want to get a scholarship out of this so I can go to college and play soccer.

What do you want to major in when you grow up?
– I want to major in engineering.

How much of an impact has Coach Hesham had in your life?
– I want to thank him for the time he took to help us out. I want to thank him for waking up early to coach us. I appreciate him for taking us to all of the places we need to go to. We couldn’t find any other coach that would do this. I am thankful for Coach Hesham.

How important is it to have parents that support your athletic dreams?
– I would say the same thing about my parents that I said about Coach Hesham. My parents’ support makes me feel good because we already have a coach that helps us out, so having our parents support makes it that much better. My mom and dad have been with me every step of the way. Us players need that extra motivation from our parents. When you get that motivation from your parents, it makes you want to accomplish even more things.

The Yemeni American News want to wish the best of luck to Mosa and Mohammed Almasmari on their Olympic Development Program tryouts. Go out there and dominate!