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California Homeless Teen Secure Spot on HBCU Basketball Team

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Jeremiah Armstead, a 19-year-old Los Angeles resident who was homeless during his high school years, has been accepted to play basketball for the team at HBCU Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

After receiving his acceptance letter, Jeremiah Armstead claimed he felt driven and pushed. This is according to ABC News. “Any form of difficulty that I went through, for the most part, it motivated me and pushed me,”

With his mother and siblings, Jeremiah has spent the last three years primarily living in automobiles and domestic violence shelters.

Jeremiah’s mother Mindy Brooks stated, “I’m not shocked Jeremiah is where he is right now. Because he has always been a wonderful person, “I’m not shocked.”

Jeremiah claims that he had to balance his studies with the impacts of homelessness, making it difficult for him to get into Fisk. But he was able to persevere because to a lot of help from his family, coaches, and groups like Sisters of Wyatt and We Educate Brilliant Minds.

Being homeless and handling everything, such as domestic violence problems, was difficult, he admitted. “I was bringing smarts, of course, but it was hard to accomplish that,” he said. It was challenging to think, attend to school, and worry about my mother or my brother or sister while living in a shelter or a car.

Jeremiah Armstead, a Long Beach Polytechnic High School alum, is presently a college student majoring in kinesiology. He has joined the Fisk University men’s basketball team, which is coached by former Los Angeles Clippers player and current team coach Kenneth Anderson.

Jeremiah’s younger siblings have been inspired to aim high and attend college as a result of his pursuit of higher education. And he also wants others to see it.

He added, “All I’ve ever needed in life is a chance. I simply want to encourage those who are in a similar situation to keep going. Never consider giving up since anything can happen suddenly.”

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