Upon arrival in Ellange, the children were given a warm welcome by the Time Fit team.
Badr, Joel and Sergio got them truly excited with dance, tae-bo and capoeira, mixing some sport activity with a good dose of fun and entertainment.
The one hour-long bus ride went by really quickly in the company of our wonderful Sportunity volunteer Monique.
The little Hamed was crying the whole morning as his older siblings were getting ready for the ride. We agreed to have Hamed join us, but only after he gave us his man's word to behave. And he kept the promise, having demonstrated real wonders of attentiveness and concentration.
The event was our way to celebrate the European week of sport and demonstrate in action how powerful a tool of social inclusion and integration sport is. Creating bonds of understanding and mutual respect, it brings together people no matter their racial, cultural, religious and linguistic differences and the challenges of their daily lives.
Launched by Sportunity in 2015, the "Meet an Athlete" program brings together prominent sports figures and young people in need of positive life examples. Athletes, who often come from disadvantaged backgrounds, use their personal stories to teach important life lessons and the values of sport, encouraging young people to make positive life choices.
Watch the video made during the visit of the triple world boxing champion Hassan N'Dam at Maison des Jeunes in Pétange (Luxembourg).
The young people of the "Class of Hassan" will continue receiving ongoing support and guidance from their celebrity mentor.
Video by Jacques Molitor
Who can give a better lesson of hard work and perseverance than a world champion?
Hassan N'Dam, a triple world boxing champion, came all the way from France to meet with the young people at the Maison des Jeunes in Pétange, share his personal experience and teach us the values of sport.
Many thanks to Charline and Willy for giving us such a warm welcome, to Marie-Anne, Nizar, Jacques and Yann for making this event a reality, to all the young people who joined us on that sunny Saturday morning - and of course to Hassan who took some time off his extremely busy schedule and came to inspire us.
Laughing, playing, sharing, dreaming and setting objectives for the future - the time we spent together was truly great. The best thing is though that the first lesson won't be the one and only one. The Champion will continue mentoring the young people who shared with him their personal stories, ideas, goals and fears. A true fighter and a big hearted man, `Hassan is committed to continuously encourage boys and girls of the #ClassOfHassan to move forward, never give up and face life challenges with dignity and self-esteem.
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