Episode 03 - Bill Hamid
Bilal (Bill) Hamid is a professional soccer player born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He is a star goalkeeper for the United States Men's National Team and a recent addition to Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland. Signing his first professional contract at the age of 18, Bill worked his way up from DC United's youth academy to cement a place in MLS history as an all-time legend, winning the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2014.
While soccer has been a constant in Bill's life since he was 5 years old, he manages to stay balanced by focusing on two other factors that define him - faith and family. Bill is a proud Muslim who prays before every match and does his best to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He's also very proud of his Sierra-Leonean roots. He shares stories of his experience as a first-generation American growing up in a strict immigrant household, where staying connected to his roots was of the utmost importance.
At 27 years old, it seems like Bill has everything figured out. He has an unrelenting commitment to leave a legacy of greatness in this world, and it can be felt with every word he speaks.
Tune into this episode of Culture Study to hear Bill share his life journey, one that expands way beyond the soccer pitch.