Football or as its formally known in the U.S as “Soccer” was given the nickname the “beautiful game” by world renowned Brazilian soccer legend Pele. Its the game I grew up playing from the very first time I could walk, its my first love amongst other things. Soccer is the national sport of Trinidad & Tobago where I was born and raised, its what most kids play and dream about playing from a very young age. Everyone and any one can play Soccer. Its the poor peoples game in many countries,including mines, it gave us a sense of freedom and happiness that no money can buy. Growing up many of us couldn’t afford to purchase balls or goals, all we had and needed was a tiny area, a home made ball, a few rocks for goal posts and an our childish imagination. Soccer gave me hope that one day I would be able to provide for my family, it brought a smile to our faces when things in our lives weren’t as they should be, it brought many people together when there was little hope or when there lives were filled with sadness, Soccer is like no other sport in the world. Its the beautiful game that filled my hearts with joy, its what eventual brought me to the United States and eventually New York. If Soccer isn’t the beautiful game then I don’t know what else is.