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07/21/2011 01:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Women's World Cup Motivates Inner-City Team (VIDEO)

A Philadelphia young girls' soccer team plays on small urban patch that's littered with trash and even drug paraphernalia.

But it doesn't deter 9-year-old team member India Barnes, CNN reports.

"I want to grow up and be a professional soccer player," she says.

The team, mostly African-American girls who compete against elite teams, recently gathered to watch the Women's World Cup and were disappointed that the U.S. team lost. But the women's team has shown them possibilities.

"The girls are here for the love of the game," said Jada Pennick, whose daughter plays on the team. "It has broadened their horizons on what they can do now."

The coach, Walter Stewart, left his partnership at a downtown Philadelphia law firm to become a fourth-grade teacher at a Catholic elementary school and to volunteer his time to start the team in 1998, according to CNN.

"There would be no team if it wasn't for Coach Walt. It really is a labor of love. He doesn't get paid and we can barely afford uniforms," Pennick said.

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