Providing that needy youngsters dream of a better life through sport, this is one of the missions of the Social Project Diamonds of the Ghetto, which, since the beginning of this year, invests in the development of children and adolescents in the periphery of rugby jerseys nz Recife. There are three workshops (rugby, jiu-jitsu and showzinho, playful activities to socialize young people).
“We have a huge spread of football. So, working with jiu-jitsu and rugby jerseys rugby is very challenging. At first, many boys even think rugby is football. But, little by little, they see and learn more about the sport. We show the values involved in the sport. The sport is a tool with huge potential. It is a philosophy of life to change the reality of these children and make them run after their dreams ”, says the project’s creator, Abraão Silva de Melo.
In September, the initiative that serves almost 200 children aged 3 to 17 in the communities of Santo Amaro and Coque, won important partners, the brothers Daniel and Felipe Sancery, from the Brazilian team and São José Rugby.
Through postings on social networks, the athletes got to know and identify with the history of the Recife twins Wandreys Silva and Wanderson Silva, who participate in the rugby meetings in Recife. “It was a story that appeared in the first class in the community. The connection of the Silva twins with the Sancery was automatic. I arrived for the boys and presented the story of the Sancery. He said that they had the potential to also reach the Brazilian team. But they needed to continue dedicating themselves to training. The boys were very excited. I showed videos of the Sancery in the selection. It was a giant stimulus. Then we even did a montage on Instagram with photos of the national team players and the boys from the project, ”said Abrãao.
It was through this post that the story arrived at São José Rugby, Felipe Daniel Sancery’s club. “I participated in a live with the boys to talk about the values of the sport and everything. It was André Nogueira, a former player and now one of the managers of São José Rugby, who had the idea of sending the shirts with my name and my brother’s to the boys. And it worked very well. Very good to see these children happy and excited to continue in the sport. We know about the difficulties that Ghetto Diamonds face. And any kind of help is super welcome. No one has any doubt that the young person who has had contact with the sport from an early age has a more open mind, manages to have broader social networks. Anyway, a better life ”, declared Felipe.
“When we least expected it, we received contact from the club and the brothers. They said they were going to send the t-shirts to our project’s kids. It was a blessing for all of us. Kids loved the present. They felt very valued. They always say that they are keeping the shirts very well. They only use it to come to the rugby workshop ”, celebrates Abraão.