From facing challenges as a barber in Venezuela to starting over as an entrepreneur in Ecuador, Kobe’s story is one of resilience. His journey involved transitioning from baseball to basketball, establishing a Venezuelan team in Santo Domingo with his coach and some friends. Thanks to the sport, the Young Coach is pursuing both his professional and personal goals.

QUICK FACTS

Because of economic and family circumstances, Kobe went to Ecuador at the age of 17. His passion for basketball and entrepreneurship led him to creating a Venezuelan basketball team in Santo Domingo with his coach and some friends. Now focused on sports for children in the Youth Advisory Council of Santo Domingo, Kobe aims to start a project providing education and mentorship to vulnerable Venezuelan migrants.

Kobe

 

Project: Young Coach Education in Ecuador (November 2023 – March 2024)

 

Parent Organization: Asociación de Venezolanos Residentes en Santo Domingo de Los Tsáchilas

 

Born: 2001

 

Nationality: Venezuelan

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MY STORY

“My name is Kobe Kevin Alexander. I was born in the state of Aragua, Venezuela, and I grew up mainly on the coast in a town called Ocumare de la Costa. I come from a very humble family; my goal is to be an example for them. I want to let people know that things can be achieved, that the world can be changed for the better.

As things got a bit critical in Venezuela, I didn’t have much money due to the economic situation. So, my aunt gave me the opportunity to go abroad. The trip was the most painful moment for me and my family because I had never been separated from them before. However, I wanted to support them. That’s how my life in Ecuador began. Since then, I worked at the pool for only 4 hours at night, in the morning, I went to the court to play basketball.

At first, I played only with Ecuadorian teams, but there were quite a few Venezuelans in Santo Domingo due to the crisis in our country. One day, my mentor came up with the idea: “Why don’t we create a Venezuelan basketball team, as there isn’t one?” The idea was so compelling that we started to form the team with some friends and I was on the court a lot so I progressed in my evolution in basketball. When I trained, the kids would soon see me and say wow, how do you play like that? I want to be like you. They asked for advice, and I explained. The feeling that someone admires you is great,

Because of this, I came to the Young Coach Education programme motivated. I want to create a safe space for children and vulnerable Venezuelan migrants to participate and receive trainings in sports, addressing topics of mental health and nutrition. Such activities would be very beneficial, as many parents work. I want parents to know that there is an organisation who wants to provide a viable education for their children, helping them become good individuals in the future.

So, the Young Coach Education is excellent; it seeks people who do not have opportunities. Now that I know the other guys of the education, I feel very proud because there are young people here who want to do good, who want to learn, and contribute to society. Some are born with the doors of opportunities open, and some are born with the doors closed. I love that you offer us the tools to open this door. In this world, there are wars, there are bad things, but there is also good. Sharing stories during the programme was excellent, as the exchange of culture and knowledge is crucial for both my personal growth and for the people I will teach tomorrow.”

GALLERY Kobe

Young Coaches

Our Young Coaches are community leaders and role models in less privileged societies. They commit themselves to support the children of their communities by conveying important social topics (conflict resolution, inclusion, HIV prevention, etc.) through football. Each of the Young Coaches represents a unique personal story.