We’ve posted stories about Jeremy Lin and not just what his success does for Asian-Americans in sports, but also the racism/discrimination that has been unspoken up until this point. You’ve read the interviews and articles where Lin talks about him being looked at differently because of his racial background. People going at him harder because he’s Asian, or making sure to play their best so that they don’t get shown up by the “Asian kid”. As these issues along with the success of Lin have become topics of discussion it gives other Asian-American athletes the chance to come forth with their stories. One such story is the one we found of high school senior Anthonee Yim of Corona Centennial. Check out his story here:
Anthonee Yim was well on his way to becoming an impact linebacker for the Moreno Valley Rancho Verde football team.
Then, during the middle of his sophomore year, things were suddenly turned upside down for Yim. The family’s house went into foreclosure at the end of 2010, causing them to relocate to Corona.
“I was a real shock. It kind of came out of nowhere,” Yim said about the foreclosure. “We just had to pick up the pieces and try to make the best of things.”
Yim, 15 at the time, found himself in an unfamiliar environment, having to make friends while trying to establish his place in a new program. And this wasn’t just any program. Yim enrolled at Corona Centennial.
It didn’t take long for Yim to catch the eye of Huskies coach Matt Logan. Yim quickly moved up the depth chart and earned a starting spot early in 2011. He has been a defensive mainstay for the past two seasons.
Yim, now 17, has registered a team-high 125.5 tackles this season for Centennial (12-1), which travels to Vista Murrieta (13-0) this evening for the CIF-Southern Section’s Inland Division championship game.
“He has the football instinct that allows him to play the game very fast,” Logan said of Yim. “He’s smart, he flies to the ball and hits really hard.”
Yim said he was nervous when he first suited up for a practice at Centennial.
“I was a little depressed for a while because it didn’t seem like I was getting any love from the coaches,” Yim said. “But I was the new guy and had to make them notice me.”
Yim made a pretty solid impression on his new coaches during one of his first practices. It was a special teams drill, and Yim delivered a big hit.
“We all heard this sound … Whack!” Logan recalled. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Hello, Anthonee Yim.’”
It was the first big hit Yim delivered, but certainly not his last.
The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Yim is known for those signature bone-crunching tackles. Each week, the coaching staff recognizes the player who had the biggest hit in the previous game. Yim has received the honor 10 times this year, including a stretch of eight straight weeks.
Yim said he plays the game with a chip on his shoulder for two reasons.
“I’m not the biggest guy, and I’m also Asian,” Yim said. “A lot of people hear my name and underestimate me. I’m going to go 100 percent on every play, and if someone overlooks me because of my size or my name, that’s their mistake. I’m going to bring my best every play, and that’s what I’m trying to show them.”
Yim was on the field in last year’s title game when Vista Murrieta quarterback Nick Stevens scored the game-winning touchdown in a 35-28 victory by the Broncos. The loss has stuck with him for nearly a year. Yim said it was a goal to get back to the finals and have a chance to avenge last season’s loss.
“That’s who we want to play,” Yim said. “You should want to play the best, and right now, Vista Murrieta is the best.” – [Source]