A short documentary about the incredible story of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in New York City and their boys soccer program. The film documents the 2014 season and all the obstacles they face on a daily basis.

Drake with Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Team.

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Championship #15!

COACH JAKE

  • My name is Martin Jacobson - known to most as Coach Jake! I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn.
  • A soccer coach and educator, working in public schools all of my adult life as a teacher, counselor, athletic director and coach.
  • The “winningest” soccer coach in the history of the New York City Public School Athletic League.
  • Pioneered the sport of soccer in the State of New Mexico and was the first public high school soccer coach.
  • Long before achieving successes with the MLK team, I too have faced my own battles off the field, including drug and substance abuse. I am proud to be clean and sober now for over 30 years. 

  • I believe life is less about what is given or one chooses, and more about what people do with what they have and how they share what they’ve learned with others.

TEAM MLK

  • 15 New York City Public High School championships over the last 19 years.
  • Consistently ranked as one of the top 20 high school soccer teams in the United States by ESPN and National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
  • A high school graduation rate that is around 95%. A home to many great kids from a large, diverse population. Each year the team is made up of American kids and new immigrants from around the world - from first generation Americans; from West Africa to the West Indies; and from Central to South America. 

Learn more about what my team and I are doing to combat poverty, homelessness and immigration challenges as we work together to KICK IT FORWARD.

2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Team 400 games won, team picture!

2013-2014 PSAL Championship Game Picture.

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Team on the steps of NY City Hall.

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Team on the steps of NY City Hall.

MLK Team Player

MLK Team Player

Coach Jake at half-time

Coach Jake at half-time