Costa Papista and Foster Appiah
Flint City Bucks Soccer Club
July 3, 2019 (Segment Two)
Costa Papista, President of the Flint City Bucks Soccer Club returns to Fish and the Flint Chronicles. Joining him is one of the team’s stars, Foster Appiah. His story is one that exemplifies resilience which is one of the cornerstone trademarks of the City of Flint, and should resonate with everyone who appreciates success against steep odds.
Foster came to the United States only 36 months ago, having lost his father when he was still a baby, leaving his unemployed, single mom to raise him and four siblings in an impoverished nation, bereft of opportunity, or financial resources.
He learned how to play soccer without shoes because he simply didn’t own any. Still, he persevered. He raised his game to a level deserving of an international opportunity, which is how he would end up in the U.S. at Florida Southern University, and now playing in a professional league (albeit unpaid because he’s still a college athlete).
Foster says the values he lives by are love, hope, hard work, and remaining humble. Those are links in a chain that will undoubtably lead him to even greater professional heights in both soccer and life.
Ultimately, he hopes his ascension in to professional soccer will lead to his ability to return home to Ghana (he hasn’t been back in three years), to lend a hand up to his four siblings. He’ll have acquired a college degree, professional experience, another language, and a new lease on life.
One thing is certain, he has already come far in many ways. Large and small he has already won.