My name is Philipp, I’m from Stuttgart. I experienced violence as a kid. I was bullied at school, if I needed five minutes more than the others to do the problems. And if I had to go up to the front, the adrenaline was pumping. My brain just shut down and suddenly I could hear: “Haha, what are you actually doing up there? You can’t do it, you’re too stupid!” It stopped being fun. I just felt bad, felt stupid. It really messed me up. When I was eight, I thought the world would be a better place without me. I thought if I wasn’t here anymore, there’d be one less to bully and I wouldn’t feel the pain anymore. When I came to move&do, it was the first time someone had confidence in me. They gave me a job and said: “Hey, I’ll explain and show you how it works and then it’s your turn!” That felt really good. When I think back, I was in a place where I didn’t want to live anymore. Suddenly, I was responsible for kids. I’m the one belaying and tightening the harness. And it just made me feel like: “Hey, maybe I am good at something.” Working with children now, I see when a kid is afraid at first and I’m saying: “Hey, you don’t need to be scared. Climb as high as you want, if you can’t go any higher, if you’re scared, no problem, we’ll get you down again.” If a child comes back again and wants another try, the child believes in its ability, the child believes in you. And that’s such an amazing feeling! Now I’ve got this strength, this greatness, this belief in myself. I rise above everything and say: “Today’s a new day, back on your feet, keep going!” My name is Philipp and I empower children to gain self-confidence.

Laureus Sport for Good: Philipp’s Story

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