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The Inspiring Story Of Students Who Are Immigrant Farm Workers By Day And A Football Powerhouse By Night

The Mendota football team out of California is being featured on ESPN's Outside the Lines for its unique story and transformational coach.

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It would be pretty hard for the trailer for ESPN's Mendota on Outside the Line's not to fire you up.

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"Your motivation should come from your home because you guys are going to make a change," coach Robert “Beto” Mejia says. "You gotta give some people who don't have hope, hope. You gotta carry that community on your back."

In 2013, after Mejia had won two section championships in his first two seasons as head coach, Mendota moved up a class to compete against larger schools.

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The team again won its league championship and advanced deep into the playoffs before eventually losing the sectional championship game.

"Everytime you think about this community people think negative," Mejia says. "You know, aww it's a bunch of poor people that live out there. Negativity is a disease that I want to kill."

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.carrasquillo@buzzfeed.com.

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