Young man reflects on journey from poverty to hero

February 16, 2018 06:51 PM

Sometimes the impossible is possible. Sometimes, something good does indeed come out of bad. That is the story of a young man who has become a hero to many, because he dared to dream that he could have a better life.

Not much has changed in Omar Trimino's old Albany neighborhood. The drugs, poverty and gangs still exist. The basketball star played hoops in front of his home and was so poor, he fooled unsuspecting rookies into playing him so he could eat.

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However, when Elaine Houston profiled the then-basketball star in 2001, he had one thing going for himself -- hope.

Back then, he called himself "a rose in the cement," or a beautiful thing that comes out of a very harsh and tough environment. Today, his prediction has come true.

Back then, the gang member was angry at the world. However, a coach saw something in Trimino and urged him to muster up the courage to leave the inner city to attend a school where few students looked like him.

Now, he's back at his old high school -- Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons -- talking to students mesmerized by his remarkable journey from poverty, to his job as an accountant at a college in New Jersey.

WEB EXTRA: Elaine Houston's original 2001 story on Omar Trimino


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