Angolan youth are living their dream of basketball and success side by side with Tony Parker

For twenty years, Formigas do Cazenga basketball school has been fulfilling the dreams of an entire community in Cazenga, the most populous municipality in Luanda, the capital of Angola. Today, it is supported in its mission thanks to the partnership with France.

The young people trained on site come from humble backgrounds. They are the “Formigas,” the ants, from Cazenga as explained to us by Eduardo Fonseca Luis Raul, coach, general secretary and founder of Formigas do Cazenga.

“The ants run non-stop”

“It refers to the way ants organize themselves and their workforce, the will, the humility, and the way these young men work nonstop,” He points out before adding: “They are always focused, even the smallest of them.”

Over the past two decades, the Temple has taken in 2,000 Angolan children to teach them about basketball and much more.

“It’s all about education first”, Refers to Eduardo Fonseca, “To give moral, ethical and cultural values ​​to our youth and teach them to gain education and to show respect, organization and perseverance in life. Today, after the pandemic, we have a workforce of 180 people 190 basketball players” Determines.

Sarah Cayetano, star of Formegas

Sarah Cayetano is one of the stars of Team Formigas. “From the beginning, when I started, they showed me that they weren’t just coaches or teammates, but we were family and that I had sisters I could count on.” she says.

Mutual assistance, but also work are the passwords in Formigas in sports, but not only.“I learned a lot, not only as a player, but also as a person,” Sarah says. “I’ve learned that in sports and in life you have to be kind, respect others, on and off the field, and despite everything that can happen, you also have to be a good student.” she says.

Tony Parker wants “Give these kids a chance to achieve their goals”

Formigas do Cazenga has received support from former French-American basketball champion Tony Parker who won four NBA championships in the United States with the San Antonio Spurs. Sarah welcomes you to the Basketball Academy in Lyon.

“I always knew I wanted to start an academy at the end of my career,” Tony Parker says: “We opened it in 2019, so it’s been three years now,” continued. “It’s a great way for me to give back what I’ve been given,” He says.

Born in Belgium to an American basketball player and Dutch mother, Tony Parker took French citizenship and became a star player for the French basketball team. Now retired from the prosecution, he supports charities including his academy. “For me, every time I see a baby smiling, it’s priceless,” Confirms to the former champion. “It’s about giving these kids a chance to realize their dreams – that’s the academy’s motto: ‘Come to the academy, you’ll get a job! “I want to make sure that all the children who join it can achieve their goals in life,” Indicates.

“My project is to go to Angola,” And Tony Parker, who wants to integrate into his academy, adds other players from this country, but also from other places. “We started with Sarah because she had the ability to do something with the basketball team we help out there,” He said before he announced: “I want to go there and visit them and try to find other kids like Sarah.”

“Nothing is impossible !” Sarah confirms

Sarah, on the other hand, realizes her luck. “My game has evolved since I was [à l’Académie] collectively and tactically. My dream is to become a manager, I study for that, I follow the courses in the academy and this is great, the people are great, they help me a lot and support me so that I can achieve my dream,” rejoice.

For the students of Formigas do Cazenga, Sarah is an example to follow. “I want to tell the next generation to keep working and believe in their dreams because nothing is impossible!” She says to conclude.

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