Jordan Torunarigha

The first time I heard about using football to get marginalized kids off the streets and back into society, I loved the idea. Berlin’s Spandau district is my home and the MitternachtsSport (midnight sport) organization is where my heart is.

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My goal

By keeping my eyes and ears open, I aim to help my fellow human beings – especially kids and teens – enjoy a better life. I hope that they never experience or are affected by racism, exclusion or xenophobia. Since MitternachtSport is located on my home turf and I used to be one of the kids that I now help, they identify with me as a big brother.

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On the field

Hertha BSC
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Besides the field

I made a promise to myself that if I ever made it as a pro footballer, I would pay it back – especially to those who don’t have the same opportunities I had. That’s why I’m taking a stand on an issue that has affected me deeply. As a Black man, I have repeatedly experienced racism and, like my parents, endured looks of distaste. Being shut out in this way is not just incredibly painful but also leaves emotional scars. No one is born a racist; it’s something that’s learned. To end prejudice against people of different ethnicities, origins and religions, we must prevent it taking root early on. Wherever racism occurs, we must show the courage of our convictions and oppose it. That’s why projects like MitternachtsSport are more important than ever. We have a saying there that if you can touch a young person’s heart, you can win their mind. I hope kids and teens never experience or get to know racism, exclusion or xenophobia. The MitternachtsSport non-profit organization brings together young people from diverse backgrounds and promotes mutual respect. It serves as a big, happy family where everyone is welcome. As a big brother, I’m incredibly proud to be a part of that family.

My projects

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