Rajib Is About to Fullfill a Dream in the Theatre of Dreams. See How This Boy Who Grew Up in a Brothel Is Set to Join Manchester United.

Even by the standards of impoverished India, Rajib Roy had a tough childhood. The son of a prostituted, Rajib grew up in Kolkata’s notorious Sonagachi neighborhood, home to more than 12,000 sex workers and taboo to even visit. Bullied because of his mother’s profession, Rajib attended Rahul Vidya Niketan, a special school for the children of parents caught in the sex trade. But after years of dedication and hard work, Rajib is about to fulfill a dream. There is perhaps no bigger world stage in football (er, soccer) than Old Trafford, Manchester United’s Theatre of Dreams. And Rajib is headed there to participate in Manchester United’s academy, out of the poverty of home for a chance to step on the pitch and become a soccer star. Now that’s an awesome dream – and a lot of hard work.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.