Atlanta-raised Harris shines for US Virgin Islands national team

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Texas-born, Atlanta-raised Zahmyre Harris is using his talent as a soccer player to dismantle barriers and positively influence generations on and off the soccer field. From playing at a young age, to now competing in the World Cup and Olympics Games for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team, Harris has become a trailblazer in a sport not normally embraced by African American males. “I started playing soccer when I was 3,” Harris said.& “When you’re young, you don’t really see it as very serious. You just have fun with it.” As Harris started to further develop his soccer skills, he began to compete alongside older players in youth programs. “Moving here, I didn’t really know the ins and outs of soccer. I just had natural talent,” he said. “Eventually, I found the right leagues and teams and coaches. I was playing at the highest level possible in the state of Georgia and in the nation.” Harris later attended Woodland High School in Stockbridge, where he would go on to score 45 goals and rack up 27 assists during his career. He would eventually earn all-conference and all-region honors, along with an offensive player of the year award.& Though Harris had...