According to Inside Prison, New London, Connecticut is one of the most dangerous regions in the United States, with an overall crime rate of 6,389 per 100,000 residents. Yet, it was there, surrounded by violence, that Magdiel “Mags” Roldan was welcomed into the world. Labeled an outcast, Roldan spent much of his time inside his family’s small apartment while his peers fell into the unrelenting cycle of gangs.

Secluded from the world outside his four walls and struggling with ADHD, Roldan says he was constantly bouncing off the furniture. So he had to find inexpensive ways to focus his energy.

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