Jennifer Beltran is on the court against all odds

Jennifer Beltran's career defies odds

Originally Published: December 15, 2011
By Julia Savacool | Special to espnW

The first time Gustavo Beltran met Jennifer Bonilla, she was a 5-year-old with an infectious smile and irresistible spunk, who darted around the playground and insisted on calling him "Dad."

Her mother, Antonia, was a recent immigrant from El Salvador who worked long hours as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Jennifer was frequently home alone.

Gustavo was working as a kindergarten aide at St. Thomas the Apostle, a school in a poor inner-city neighborhood of Los Angeles. ...

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