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Lewiston soccer players share their championship trophy with fans, family members, and friends after winning the state title in November 2015.

teaches us what we can learn and who we should be,” says Bass. It reminds her of the ancient Olympics, Bass says: The purpose of bringing the city-states together thousands of years ago was not to end war but to suspend it,

to give the Greeks an idea of what life without war was like. “To envision peace is really important,” she says. “If you don’t know what it looks like and what it feels like, how do you know it’s happened?” n

Amy Bass ’92 talks with Shobow Saban, one of the key figures in her book, during a reception last March at the Lewiston offices of Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services. “Coming to me and asking other individuals in the community, she learned a lot of the culture,” said Saban. “That’s worth sharing.”

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someone in and trust someone with your story,” she said. “The community, across the board, really did that.” And they turned out to see the result: Coaches, players, students, and local residents packed rooms in MIRS, Bates, and the Lewiston Public Library to hear Bass read from the book. “It’s an enormous relief that they have the book, and we can talk about it, and we’re okay with it,” she said of its characters. The 2015 state championship — and the subsequent 2017 championship that Bass wrote into One Goal at the last minute — didn’t solve racism and xenophobia in Lewiston, she acknowledges. But the Somali presence on the high school soccer team became a point of pride for the Somali community and Lewiston as a whole. Bass sees the team as an example of multiculturalism at its best — of capitalizing on the strengths of each culture and each individual player to create a team greater than the sum of its parts, with implications beyond one game. “It’s an American story, and it’s one that I hope

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Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...