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Corey and Tamara Galloway have just made headlines by becoming the owners of New York City’s first African-American owned professional sports team called the New York Streets, which is the newest arena football team on the scene.
However, this was not an easy feat for the couple. Corey and his wife Tamara faced many hardships and difficulties during the process. But despite their hardships, the Galloways relentlessly pushed forward knowing the positive impact they would have on future black leaders of similar ventures.
With a passion for the youth and wanting sports games to be both affordable and centrally located, the history-making couple are bringing excitement to the people. “For me, as a football fan, as a football player, I acknowledge that there is a barrier of entry that’s created with ticket pricing,” Mr. Galloway told Essence.
“Not everyone is able to really enjoy the game and see the games live and upfront. So, creating that opportunity and being able to provide them with an option to see a game live — I’m just excited that those kids will be able to enthusiastically say ‘Oh, wow! I’m going to a game!'” he continued.
The New York Streets will play their first game in White Plains, New York, come April 2019. “It’s about having sponsors and partners that have been here for the long-term in New York and want to support this team for the long term,” Mr. Galloway reveals to the Daily News.
“That’s going to be the baseline of our longevity, but obviously without the fans and fan attendance, those sponsors will have to make their own business decisions,” he added.
Tamara Galloway is determined to empower others who have dreams that might seem far fetched or intangible. Having received mixed responses while getting the the New York Streets off the ground, Tamara knows a thing or two about the power of resilience.
“I think we’re both excited about creating impact, about really being able to see the ripple effect of what we’ve created and to help change minds, change hearts,” Tamara is quoted saying in an interview with Essence.
This is only the beginning for the Galloways and hopefully their success is encouragement to the Black community to continue to reach for the heavens, even when the majority tells us otherwise.