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.”
Double Ice Dance champion and Bronze medallist at the World Championships. President of the French Federation of Ice Sports.
“Sport in Hospitals is about sharing, talking, having fun and bringing smiles. I play all sorts of sports with them because there is no ice rink in the establishments. But I find it very enriching to be on an equal footing with them! We are here to have fun, to work out, not to win!”
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”
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