Jerjer Quemine Gibson has had to struggle to make himself into a successful soccer player. He experienced tragedy at a young age and was surrounded by the civil war, which consumed his home country of Libya. Though this was a difficult way for Jerjer to grow up, he was made stronger by all the challenges he had to face.
Jerjer and his mom were able to leave Libya eventually, but only after a lot of difficulties with the U.S. immigration system, which relied a lot on the work that had already been done with Jerjer’s dad and their original denial for entry. Eventually, they did make it to the United States and Jerjer saw how hard his mom had to work to get the visa as well as spend their entire life savings on the trip.
This helped make Jerjer into the resilient person that he is today. He played soccer professionally for a while until retiring and becoming a coach to help high school athletes. He wants young college students to better themselves not only as soccer players, but also as people and to learn the values of working hard in life.
Though Jerjer has retired from his own soccer career, he hopes to continue coaching and inspiring young athletes. In the future, he hopes that he could coach at the collegiate level. For those who wish to start their own business, whether that be in soccer or whatever else, Jerjer’s advice for them is to have a positive attitude!
Jerjer has an amazing support system to get him to where he is in life. He has grown and gone far for his own passion for soccer going from being picked behind his sister for soccer games to a professional player who inspires others to be their best.
If you want to learn more about Jerjer, you can follow him on Instagram @jerwerlo11.