Assane Gueye, who has been a Tools Programmer at Ubisoft Montréal for 4 years now, went on a trip to his native Senegal earlier this summer. He took advantage of his time there to bring smiles to some kids in the village of Thies.
“I know the area well, and so I knew that I’d find some kids playing soccer there,” says Assane, explaining that soccer is a sacred sport in Senegal.
He explains that the kids who gather on the fields after lunch form “home teams,” with no real refereeing or age segregation. Female players in these parts are rare, seeing as the game is rougher. Rather, girls who have an interest in soccer play in supervised institutions.
The jerseys that were given to the kids were previously worn by employees during Ubisoft Montréal’s 2015 Ubichamp soccer tournament.
“Julien, who’s a kinesiologist at GymUbi and who led the Ubichamp league, knew that I was going back home over break, and so he asked if I’d like to bring back some jerseys,” says Assane. “It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal. I was going to quickly go over to the soccer field and hand them out, but the kids who were there called over other kids and I ended up giving away all the jerseys I’d brought over.” Photos are courtesy of Assane’s wife.
Assane, Julien, thank you for your amazing idea!