A profile published earlier this week in the Star-Telegram tells the story of Kevin Polk, a 42-year-old recovering alcoholic and drug addict with serve health problems and a knack for keeping soccer balls out of the net he tends.
His athletic abilities, even though he’d never played soccer before, and the fellowship of the team’s founder, coach, and players of NTX Stars helped him go from the streets of Fort Worth to a soccer tournament in Washington, D.C., to being able to look at himself in a mirror in his own apartment.
Later this month, Polk and seven other players from U.S. teams involved in Street Soccer USA travel to Brazil to represent the United States in the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament, Sept. 19-26 in Rio de Janeiro.
The feature story concludes with Polk proud that he’d shaved, an indication he again could look in a mirror. At this rate, he might soon have a picture of himself in his home, maybe a picture of the tournament-clinching save.