“Football Clinics” in the Philippines | Marc-Antoine Dequoy has a “very touching” experience

Montreal Alouettes defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy has been in the Philippines for several days now to meet with communities and hold “football clinics” as part of a program to help families and children. He says he has a “very touching” experience.


“I’ve had so many moments, but one of the most memorable was when we first arrived at school. It was crazier than the parade in Montreal honestly. To see the joy of the children, they don’t even know you, but the smile and the look of these children, it’s so natural and honest. You see the hope in their eyes,” explained Mr. Dequoy during a virtual conference on Thursday.

He went to the Philippines on February 29 and will stay there until March 10, as part of the “World Vision” program, an organization whose mandate is to help more than 1.5 million people. vulnerable children and their families, through donations and partnerships.

In addition to Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Tim White, of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Reggie Begelton, of the Calgary Stampeders, are also there for the Canadian Football League (CFL). ” It’s the fun to put our swords aside and learn to know each other better,” the Quebecer said of his adversaries.

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Tim White, Marc-Antoine Dequoy and Reggie Begelton

Together, the three athletes hold seminars on playing football with disadvantaged young people, in addition to spending four full days on the field to better understand their realities.

Helping others

“Learning football isn’t the most natural thing, it’s not like a soccer ball that you put on the ground. And with the language barrier, it was quite fun explaining the rules to the young people,” noted the Alouettes player, with a smile on his face.

On a human level, he said he had a fairly memorable experience. “People here often live in 5 feet by 4 feet, there are six of them sleeping in a room. They are going through so many difficulties, but they are smiling and thank us. It’s very touching (…) and above all, it makes us realize how lucky we are in life,” recalled the defensive back.

It opened my eyes to how I can help others. And that will be one of my goals from now on.

Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Alouettes player

The one that the whole of Quebec discovered during a powerful speech during the conquest of the Gray Cup last December, cannot believe the welcome given to him in the Philippines. “To be honest, I’ve never felt so much like a superstar here. We’re on the bus, we’re just driving past the school, we’re saying hello to the kids and there’s shouting. I’ve never experienced that in my life,” he continued.

A great season ahead

There is no doubt: Marc-Antoine Dequoy’s adventure in the Philippines will place him “in a good perspective” for the next Alouettes season, which will begin next May.

If the fans’ expectations are high, the main person concerned says he is especially happy to have been able to maintain a hard core within the team despite the off-season.

“One of the difficult things, we know, is keeping the same team. Every year, teams change and players decide to move. Being able to keep this important core of players, in addition to adding impact players, is great,” he said, giving credit to the recruiting team.

“It’s going to be a great edition to watch,” promised Dequoy, who has been with the Alouettes since 2021, after a three-year university career, between 2016 and 2019, with the Montreal Carabins.

In the professional ranks, the Quebec athlete had a brief stint at the Green Bay Packers rookie camp in 2020. Last October, he confided for the first time to The Press having been approached by the New Orleans Saints in 2021, but was already under contract with Montreal at that time. He therefore never had the chance to make his presence felt in Louisiana.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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