Written by Manseen Logan, Photo ©2015 Steve Strother Photo & Video
“Liberia was going through a war and I was proud to represent my country. I was proud to show that there was still hope for us.” -Sayon Cooper
Grow up. Become a soccer star. The typical Liberian boy aspires to reach these two milestones.
Before heading to Rio, Liberia’s track team coach, Sayon Cooper sat in his office at the Morehouse School of Medicine and reflected on how his soccer dreams turned into track and field success.
“I didn’t know anything about going to college for free on a track scholarship,” Sayon Cooper admits.