RECIFE, BRAZIL - Kyle M Case, Huntsman World Senior Games CEO is completing a recruiting tour of the country of Brazil and among other experiences had the opportunity to offer a motivational presentation to a group of troubled teens in the city of Recife, Pernambuco.
“It was an amazing and humbling experience to visit with these young men, most of whom have certainly seen a more difficult life that I ever will,” said Case. “My hope was to give them a broader vision of what is possible in life.”
The presentation was arranged by the Barreto Cavalcante Law Firm as an outreach to troubled youth in Brazil, hoping to make a difference in their lives.
“Our goal is to show these young men that there are opportunities in the world, it’s okay to dream and that we can all lift ourselves up out of whatever conditions we find ourselves,” said Aroldo Cavalcante, lead partner in the firm. “It was a real pleasure to have Mr. Case share his message and some of his experiences with these youth. To let them know that someone, even someone from another country, would take the time to get to know them and spend time with them will surely be impactful their lives.”
“I think it’s important to reach beyond ourselves and see if we can give a helping hand to those who might be in need. Interestingly, these young men may have taught me more that I could ever teach them,” said Case.
The purpose of the trip was to increase the total number of Brazilians who participate as athletes at the annual Huntsman World Senior Games.
In addition to the meeting with the young men, Case had the opportunity to meet with Fatima Barros, the president of the Masters Swim Association of Pernambuco, Brazil.
“Meeting with Ms. Barros was a great opportunity to visit with someone who is very connected in the swimming world in the north east of Brazil, really throughout the entire country,” said Case.
“I think that our two organizations (the Huntsman World Senior Games and the Masters Swimming Association) have so much in common,” said Barros. “We are trying to increase the quality of life and motivate people to stay engaged as they age.”
Case was a guest lecturer at CEDEPE Business School for an Executive MBA course and met with directors of several sports clubs throughout the nation, including the Associação Atlético do Banco do Brasil, Clube Portuguese, both in Recife, and the Clube Curitibano in Curitiba, Paraná.
“Having the opportunity to travel outside of your own country and participate in events like the Huntsman World Senior Games is in many ways a life changing opportunity,” said Emerson Appell, Sports Director at the Curitibano. “We plan to encourage our club members to take a serious look at participating in these Games.”
Case said the he felt like the tour was a success and hopes that the personal invitations extended to Brazilian athletes will result in more participation at the Games.
“If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to invite people if you want them to come,” he said.
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and better. The event takes place each October in St. George, Utah, USA and welcomes over 11,000 athletes from around world who compete in their choice of 30 different sporting events, including Triathlon, Track and Field, Swimming and Volleyball.