LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A decade after founding D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy’s football team, coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has been tapped for a job at one of the most prestigious college programs in the country.
Abdul-Rahim will trade “Friendship Beach,” the dirt field at the Northeast charter school, for the University of Alabama’s Bryant–Denny Stadium. Alabama’s Crimson Tide football program has claimed three national championships in the last decade.
WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters reports that, in 2012, Abdul-Rahim was the first charter school football coach to lead a team to a District of Columbia State Athletic Association championship. He also helped more than 100 students get scholarships for higher education.
“It’s bittersweet because you know you’re not going to have that type of high school impact anymore,” the coach said Wednesday.
“I just want to thank anyone who had anything to do with Friendship Football,” he added. “I sometimes get more credit than I deserve.”
He says the “buy-in of the community” is what helped the team accomplish so much over the years.