Fanta Sanogo was missing home and thinking about transferring to a college closer to Harlem. Like other times when she needed advice, she called on Syreeta “Coach B” Miller, head coach at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Track Team.
Fanta hadn’t spoken to Coach B since she left for college. But the mentor-mentee bond they forged when Fanta was on the Track Team stayed strong. After all, Coach B had helped Fanta through some of the most difficult challenges – and celebrated her during her biggest accomplishments.
After speaking to Coach B, Fanta decided to transfer to Essex College in Newark, N.J. Now, she is not only succeeding in college, but she’s also giving back to her community – serving as a mentor to the next generation of the team’s scholar-athletes.
“Coach B really helped me when I was struggling,” says Fanta, who is now a coach on the Track Team, which practices at the HCZ Armory. “Now I have my chance to be back with my community, to help these scholar-athletes the same way Coach B helped me.”