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Updated: September 6, 2005, 5:32 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN The Magazine

Growing up across the 101 Freeway from Stanford University, where the sound of helicopters hunting gang members fill the night sky, Tehuna Mahoni never played sports on a regular basis. Her Tongan immigrant parents worked long hours trying to make a life for their four children, and found no room in their schedules for the games and ever-increasing commitments of youth sports.

In elementary school, Tehuna missed out on the early exposure to sports such as soccer and lacrosse that are so ...

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