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Aprar Hassan is a 19-year-old Muslim-American Karate athlete with a Sandan, a third-degree black belt. Hassan started playing karate when she was only three years old. She was encouraged by her father and karate instructor, Yasser Salama. Salama competed on the Egyptian national karate team before immigrating to Brooklyn, NY, in 1996. By age 5, Hassan started competing at the U.S. national championships for karate. In 2017, she won her first national title.
She describes her journey as a young Muslim Hijabi karate athlete as challenging due to others' perception of her identity as a Muslim and the "lack of knowledge and ignorance of some individuals in the sport." At The World Karate Championships in Scotland, where she was blindsided by the possibility of disqualifying her as a referee objected to her competing with a head cover. Since it wasn't against the sport's guidelines, she was later allowed to compete.
The following week, Hasan competed at the Nationals in Florida and won the gold medal again. However, the pandemic started, and competitions had to be put on hold. "For now, goals in Karate for competing will be set for fall 2021 and spring 2022, assuming things don't shut down again," Hassan said.
Subreen is a 33-year-old Palestinian-American weightlifter living in Strongsville, Ohio. Dari started her fitness journey when she dropped off her son at a sports training facility and met with his trainer, who gauged Subreen's interest in joining the female weightlifting team.
The mother of two, full-time office manager, and part-time nursing student, became passionate about locally competing at weightlifting contests over the years. Dari describes her being one of very few Muslim-Hijabi women weightlifters in the sport.
"I feel so empowered, doing what I love and being good at it while remaining true to myself," Dari said. "It makes me proud as a mom. It humbles me to know I'm setting a positive example for my daughter Rihana, so when she imagines the future, she knows she can be anything she wants."
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