2018 World Champion, striker for Paris-Saint-Germain and the French National Football Team.
“I’ve always loved helping people. The children I meet deserve it. When I come to play in hospitals, they are the stars, not me! I am even happier than them to share these moments.”
Emblematic winger of the Stade Toulousain and the XV of France. He is the best try scorer in the history of the French Rugby Championship. He won three times the French championship (2008, 2011 and 2012) and the European Cup (2003, 2005 and 2010) as well as the 6 Nations Tournament including 2 Grand Chelems.
“Bringing sports to the hospital helps change the ideas of sick children, but also gives them back their confidence. It’s a game, no matter what the level, the goal is to have fun and to have a good time, in or out of the hospital. When we talk with the doctors, we realize that it is a real educational tool to be integrated in the healing process, whether it is physical or psychological”.
Iconic goalkeeper of the French Handball Team. Double Olympic champion, five-time World champion, three-time European champion. General Manager of PSG Handball.
“When I go into hospitals, it is to make sick children smile. It’s an important thing to do, it’s natural. We can help them forget maybe sad or painful day by playing sports. And that helps puts things back in place… there are things in life that are much more serious than a game won or lost.”
Arsenal coach for 22 years. Director of World Football Development at FIFA.
“Playing football with kids reminds me that I was a kid too. They have such enthusiasm! On Escape Day, being able to get 3,000 children out of their daily environment for a whole day, I find that absolutely magnificent.”
Winger or defender of Stade Toulousain and XV de France. Six-time champion of France, four-time winner of the European Cup and finalist of the 2011 World Cup.
“I just love children. I was particularly moved and touched by their sincerity, the looks, the smiles of these children find themselves in a situation I find difficult and unfair. I feel a responsibility towards them. Their happiness is our greatest reward.”
Olympic Armchair Doubles Tennis Champion in 2008 and 2016. Winner of 23 Grand Slam tournaments in singles and doubles.
“Children affected by disease have no filter, they are demanding, keen. They smile, they know how to make the most of it – more than any healthy child! We have a great time together”
Ex-cyclist and director of the Tour de France Women. Media consultant, she is the first woman to comment on the Tour de France on France Television.
“Being a mother now, I can only be sensitive to the actions carried out by Premiers de Cordée. For a child, to be able to have fun and be carefree, it is essential. If doing sports for a few hours brings them this, the bet is already won. And if, in addition, sports can have a positive impact on their health, then that’s just great.”
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