Pitt freshman overcomes great odds

At 16 years old, Patrick Amara was left homeless and looking for a way to survive

Updated: August 13, 2014, 11:36 AM ET
By Jared Shanker | ESPN.com

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Patrick Amara sat on a park bench, staring up at the dimly lit sky. Darkness never fully saturates the night in a city like Philadelphia, a faint comfort for a homeless 16-year-old surviving his first night on the street.

He spent hours on the bench, trying to count down to 6 a.m. Earlier that ...

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