'I get to be different,' says Utah Muslim soccer player dedicated to her religion
That's in part because Kergaye had a sense of humor about it.
"She would come every day, and she would say stuff like, 'I'm so excited for when I can eat again, because I'm going to take on all of you guys. I'm going to take you down!" recounted teammate Ali Bromley-Dulfano.
Kergaye said it's not about the fasting and the layers of clothing to her, it's about living her religion.
"Pretty much, everybody thinks their religion is 'the religion,' but I think mine is right, so I'm going to follow it and I'm not going to go half way," she said.
Teammates say that dedication extends onto the field.
"Of all the girls on the team, Serene probably puts the most into her playing," Bromley-Dulfano said.
"I get to be different," Kergaye said. "I'm OK with that."
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