The South American funded the construction of a soccer field and dressing room to encourage activities for underprivileged children
Brazil and Lazio Roma midfielder Felipe Anderson has funded the construction of a soccer field, the entire structure of the dressing rooms and accommodation in Angola.
Through a partnership with ATOS, a humanitarian NGO based in Luanda, Anderson offered to help set up the NGO’s sports arm, which he has given a facelift.
ATOS has an orphanage, an education center and several other projects that create better living conditions and opportunities for thousands of Angolan children. They wanted to include cross-curricular activities in their initiative, a move that appealed to the Brazilian.
“As soon as I found out about ATOS’ work in Luanda, I was very interested in being able to help,” says Anderson of the initiative.
He added: “I am very excited about everything that the construction of this soccer field will bring to several Angolan children. I started playing football through an NGO, I see myself as a living example of the power this type of initiative has to change lives, so it’s a joy not only for me but for my whole family when always possible to contribute to actions like this, as we are already doing in Brazil.”
Anderson is no stranger to supporting social projects. He has remained involved in a number of projects in Brazil, most notably the “Sociedade Esportiva Kandango” in Brasilia, which helps him “go back in time” by remembering how he took his first steps in football , before he came to Coritiba.
Currently, the player supports the children participating in the project by donating sports equipment.
“Whenever I can, I come to my town to see my friends and also the children of the project. It’s a way to encourage them even more and show that sport can transform lives, like it did for me. Not everyone becomes an athlete, but the most important thing is that they are good citizens,” said the player.
Anderson returned to Lazio last summer after three seasons at West Ham and has scored seven goals while providing eight assists, a far cry from his days at the Hammers where he scored 12 goals in 72 games.
The former Santos player had enjoyed five successful seasons with the Romans before moving to the London stadium.