This is about Andualem Chisholm’s journey from an orphanage in the bustling Addis Ababa to the tree-laced suburban streets of North Attleboro, MA.

By Peter Gobis (The Sun Chronicle) |

North Attleboro, MA―His first name means “One World,” and the journey has been many a mile, spread over two continents for Andualem Chisholm.

From an orphanage in the bustling capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and its nearly four million residents, to the tree-laced suburban streets of North Attleboro.

Orphaned at an early age along with his sister Tizeta, “Andy” Chisholm arrived in America in 2006 and since then, it has been a decade of learning a new language, immersing himself into the culture of the United States and becoming one of the premier soccer players on the Eastern seaboard.

“I don’t know how I learned English because my parents didn’t want us to watch a lot of TV,” said Chisholm. “I didn’t think about the so many different options that I had.”

Entering his junior year at the Wheeler School in Providence, Chisholm was honored as the Olympic Development Program’s Player of the Year in Rhode Island and was one of 18 players from the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Region 1 (the Eastern seaboard) selected to an elite under-17 team that participated in an international series in Borgano, Italy.

Andualem Chisholm and his sister, who is also a student-athlete at Wheeler and a former member of the Bayside FC girls’ program, were welcomed into the arms of Alpin and Mary Chisholm, who had three children of their own a decade ago.

ALSO READ A Black Son, His White Parents and ‘the Conversation’ – The Story of An Ethiopian Adoptee“Our older kids had all grown up and we had that ’empty nest syndrome,’ ” explained Al Chisholm, a computer software engineer whose wife, Mary, is a retired pathologist.

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