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From tennis camp in Rwanda to tennis star in Iowa. It’s the remarkable story of Habibu.

 

 

HABIBU: “MY FULL NAME IS HABIENZA MOISE, BUT I GO BY HABIBU.”

HABIBU HAS BEEN PAT OF THE VALLEY TENNIS TEAM ALL 4 YEARS.

HABIBU “I REALLY LOVE PLAYING TENNIS.”

COX: “HES JUST A FUN KID. GOOD NATURED, ALWAYS LIKES TO HAVE FUN. HARD WORKER.”

FOR THE 3RD TIME IN 4 YEARS HABIBU QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT.

COX: “THATS AN AWESOME FEAT CONSIDERING EVERYTHING ELSE HE’S BEEN DOING.”

AND CONSIDERING WHERE IT ALL STARTED.

HABIBU: “I’M FROM RWANDA, SMALL COUNTRY IN AFRICA.”

JULIE: “HONEST, KIND, SO MUCH ENERGY.”

JULIE GHRIST, FOUNDER OF ART OF CONSERVATION IN RWANDA WAS THE FIRST TO MEET HABIBU IN AFRICA AFTER STARTING A YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM.

JULIE: ” HABIBU WAS ONE OF THE KEY PLAYERS OF ALL THE COMMUNITY KIDS, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE.”

WITH THE HELP OF JULIE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY HABIBU CAME TO DES MOINES IN 2013 FOR TENNIS CAMP.

HABIBU: “I CAME TO GET BETTER AT MY TENNIS GAME.”

BUT AFTER SUMMER CAMP, HABIBU WANTED TO STAY IN IOWA.

RAY: “EVERYDAY AFTER SCHOOL HABIBU WOULD RIDE HIS BIKE TO OUR HOUSE AFTER SCHOOL, HE WASNT IN SCHOOL.

SO THE BENNING FAMILY MADE A DECISION.

RAY: “ONE DAY CARRIE JUST DETERMINED, ‘HABIBU YOU’RE GOING TO MOVE IN TO OUR HOUSE’, THATS HOW IT HAPPENED.”

JULIE: “ALL OF IT WAS REMARKABLE, HOW HE HAD ENOUGH COURAGE TO GET IN THERE, HARDLY SPOKE ANY ENGLISH.”

THE PAST 4 YEARS HABIBU HAS BEEN PART OF THE BENNING FAMILY.

HABIBU: “I FEEL LIKE I’M BACK HOME. THEY’RE LIKE MY REAL PARENTS. THEY TREAT ME THE SAME AS THEIR KIDS.”

JULIE “I’M COMPLETELY FILLED WITH JOY, HAPPINESS, MAKES ME WANT TO CRY.”

RAY: “I REALLY KNEW HE WAS PART OF THE FAMILY WHEN HE AND MY YOUNGER DAUGHTER CHARLOTTE HAD A HUGE ARGUMENT OVER THE CHANNEL CHANGER AND WHO WAS GOING TO CONTROL THE CHANNEL CHANGER.”

MOVING FROM RWANDA TO THE USA PRESENTS OBVIOUS CHALLENGES. LANGUAGE, WEATHER, EVEN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL. HABIBU’S PERSONALITY HELPED HIM FIT IN QUICKLY, BUT EXPLAINING THINGS TO HIS PARENTS HALFWAY ACROSS THE WORLD CAN BE A CHALLENGE.

HABIBU: “I TOLD THEM ABOUT HOMECOMING THEY SEE ONE OF MY PHOTOS FOR HOMECOMING CANDIDATE AND SEE ME SITTING IN THE BACK OF A CONVERTIBLE WITH A GIRL. MY PARENTS THINK I WAS GETTING MARRIED! THEY DIDNT UNDERSTAND.”

JULIE: “HE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE.”

RAY: “HE BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS WITH HIS PERSONALITY AND SMILE

JOHN: “DOES HE EVER NOT SMILE?” Julie: “NO I THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT ASSESSMENT, THAT’S HOW I GOT TO KNOW THIS DARLING KID.”

AND WHILE TENNIS OPENED A DOOR TO THE U.S. HABIBU HAS BECOME AN EVEN BETTER ATHLETE IN CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK.

HABIBU: “MY PLANS ARE TO GO TO IOWA CENTRAL , SAD THINKING I DON’T KNOW IF I’LL PLAY TENNIS, BUT I’LL BE DOING CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK.”

FROM RWANDA TO THE USA.

HABIBU: “I’M VERY THANKFUL.”

JULIE: “IM AMAZED BY WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS.”

RAY: “HE KNOWS HE’S A VERY LUCKY PERSON, I THINK HE WILL DO SOMETHING MAGNIFICENT TO PAYBACK WHAT HE’S BEEN GIVEN.”

IT STARTS WITH A SMILE. JOHN SEARS CHANNEL 13 SPORTS.>

KEITH MURPHY:
“HABIBU GRADUATED LAST WEEKEND. HE’S ALREADY STARTED A FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO RAISE MONEY TO PURCHASE TENNIS BALLS FOR HIS TEAM BACK IN RWANDA. YOU’LL FIND THE FACEBOOK LINK BELOW.”

https://www.facebook.com/ibirunga/

DES MOINES, Iowa–The top Iowa Democrat in the senate wants one of her members who is dealing with the aftermath of sexual misconduct scandal to resign or she has threatened to support an investigation into his past.

Thursday morning, Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, issued a statement that called for State Senator Nate Boulton, who is also a Des Moines Democrat, to resign his position. Wednesday, the Des Moines Register published a story where three women alleged that Boulton touched them inappropriately during different occasions back when he was in law school more than a decade ago and more recently in 2015, as he prepared a run for the senate.

Here is Petersen’s statement:

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable whether it occurs in a social or professional setting. What we have learned in the last 24 hours
makes it clear to me that Senator Boulton should also resign his position in the Iowa Senate.
“If he chooses not to do so, I will support a full, independent investigation into allegations against him.”
Boulton quit 

State Senator Liz Mathis, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, followed Petersen’s release with her own message on Twitter.

Boulton didn’t address his senate seat in his campaign statement Thursday morning when he ended his campaign for governor.
Here is his statement:

“I am so proud of the campaign that my staff, my supporters, and I ran in the past year,” said Boulton. “I was and still am inspired every day by the people who have chosen to fight alongside me in the Senate and on the campaign trail to share a positive vision forward for this incredible state of Iowa.”

“Democrats must win in November so we can begin to turn our state around,” said Boulton. “We join together to support the nominee and elect Democrats up and down the ticket. I will do all II can to support that mission and will never stop fighting for progressive causes.”

“These the last 48 hours have been trying. I again offer an apology to those whom I have harmed in any way. It is my hope there is some positive that can come from this moment as we strive to be the better people we can be in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. I know that will be my task moving on from here.”

“Thank you to everyone who stood with me in this campaign, especially the countless working families of the labor movement who joined me in this race and must now continue to fight for their way of life in this state. While I depart this campaign for governor with a heavy heart, I remain resolved to the greater cause creating a future Iowa we all can be proud to call our home.”

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released a statement that supported Boulton’s decision to drop out of the race for governor but he stopped short of calling for Boulton to also leave the senate.

Here is Price’s statement:

“The Iowa Democratic Party has always been and will always be a place where everyone is welcome and included in the process of making our state and country a better place. Standing up for those who have been marginalized, forgotten, or ignored is a core value of the Democratic Party, as such, we as a community have a special obligation to strongly condemn every incident of sexual harassment, particularly when it occurs within our own party.

I admire those who had the courage to step forward, and I believe Senator Boulton did the right thing by suspending his campaign. We hope that he will prioritize the values of the Iowa Democratic Party, and every Democrat we represent, as he makes his decision about his future. Whatever decision he makes, we support a full and thorough investigation by the Iowa Senate into this matter.

We can and must do better.

This is not the end of the conversation. We firmly believe that the events of the last 24 hours are a step towards creating the social change we so desperately need; but, it won’t happen without folks like you stepping up to be part of the solution. Please help us move forward.”