Joshua Yaro

Joshua Yaro

Joshua Yaro was born in Kumasi, Ghana on November 18th, 1994. Growing up, Joshua and the local boys could be found in the alleyways, playing soccer. Obsessed with the game, Josh would play before, after, and sometimes, even during school. School was also another passion of Josh’s. This passion was instilled in Josh at a very young age by his parents, whom were both schoolteachers.

Josh, while playing for his local club in Kumasi, heard about a nearby academy called Right to Dream. In Ghana, it is considered a significant privilege to be a part of a soccer academy because academy players were known as being “the best of the best.” The Right to Dream Academy strives to provide children from poverty with the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families through the game of soccer.

“I did not know much about the Right to Dream academy until my club participated in a tournament they hosted. I wanted to be part of the academy because of the core beliefs and the opportunity to use soccer to make a difference in the lives of others.”

“I remember seeing a lot of kids my age all trying to make a lasting impression on the coaches. To be honest, every kid there was a good player and I knew it was going to take a lot to stand out. I worked hard and believed in myself and in the end it all worked out. I was one of the sixteen guys selected.”

Following several impactful years at the academy, Josh left for Cate School in Santa Barbara, California. He buckled down and focused on his studies and soccer, which lead to numerous accolades. His performances on the field and in the classroom lead to a scholarship offer at Georgetown University.

Josh immediately knew that attending Georgetown was the perfect decision. He found immediate success in the classroom and the soccer field. Josh was named Georgetown Student-Athlete of the Year, twice awarded the Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, twice named Georgetown Men’s soccer team MVP, and much more.

“Going to Georgetown was a great decision and I have enjoyed every aspect of it. I’ve grown intellectually and as a player and would not trade my time there for anything else. I was challenged every day as an athlete and as a student, which I believe is going to serve me well in the next chapter of my life. I will forever be proud to be a Hoya.”

Josh is looking forward to what is next. Selected 2nd overall, he signed with Major League Soccer in January of 2016, officially commencing his professional career. He is relishing in next opportunity and looking to continue to build on what has been such a remarkable journey thus far. His current goal is have a successful career in professional soccer, and afterwards, focus on a career bettering his community in Ghana.
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