Behind one of the stars of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA, and our selection of basketball, there is a great story of overcoming. Was told by himself to Nora Kurtin, Founder of Frogs and Princesses, in a face to face meeting that took place in Miami. Serge Ibaka went from sleeping on the streets of Brazzaville, to develop its triumph in the best league in the world. “I’ve been small and I know how hard it is to go through that. My dream is to help children and give back the smile”.
this is why the player created the Foundation Serge Ibaka under the motto “Anything is possible” (anything is possible), which wants to inspire children around the world to achieve their dreams, regardless of their circumstances. In it -tells us, is “very involved” her own daughter, Ranie, determined as he is to help the children of The Congo and Oklahoma City – a city which is also considered his home, in issues such as education, health, and nutrition.
Nora Kurtin and Serge Ibaka in a time of the interview
“we All have the ability to change our world and the obligation of helping others to change”
“We All have the ability to change our world and the obligation to help others to change,” Ibaka remembered as well when he began to play. It was in the Congo when he was only 7 years old. His parents played basketball. One day his father asked him to go to see him at a party and a friend of his picked up an empty bottle and used it as a ball. “I said, ‘Well, one step, two and then jump’. I went home and I spent all night doing it, even in the bathroom while I brushed my teeth.”
So it began. Currently, Ibaka is for many children a model to follow, as was his father for him. “He inspired me, he told me laughing: ‘you Are too high to play football’. Then he promised me that if I started to play basketball he would give me his t-shirt. He played with the no. 9 well.” Twelve years later, Ibaka was chosen in the vigesimocuarta position of Draft of the NBA of 2008. However, his first steps took place in Spain. In 2006, after tough formalities, began to play in the ranks of the Club Bàsquet L’ Hospitalet and, at that time, promised that he would use his success to help the less fortunate.
Your goal now is to work hard for your team, but give new opportunities to the children of Brazzaville, your hometown, is your true purpose in life. Help Congolese children disadvantaged is a project of the long journey: “One day I will have 40 years and I’ll play basketball, but this is something that I want to continue doing.” To Ibaka likes the work well done, and the fundamental words that define your project are: inspiration, passion, try, and return. Definitely a model to follow.