João Nicolas is thirteen and helps take care of his mother and sick brother in Paraisópolis, a low-income neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil. He also loves sports, especially rugby and the All Blacks, and plays on the rugby team in his community. In 2013, the All Blacks visited João’s town, but unfortunately he couldn’t see them at the time.
According to Lúcio Pedro Mocsányi, Head of Corporate Communications at AIG Brazil, João “is an excellent player on [his] team, and his dream was to watch an All Blacks game.” To help realize the young rugby aficionado’s dream, AIG Brazil collaborated with a local TV program called Legendarios to bring João Nicolas and his mother to Argentina to meet his favorite rugby team.
In Argentina, João had a unique and exciting experience. Not only did he watch the All Blacks play against the Pumas, but he also met the All Blacks in a closed event. Our AIG Brazil team also invited brokers and colleagues to experience the All Blacks in a more personal setting. The players surprised João with an autographed jersey and an official team ball. During the event, the players also demonstrated rugby play with him, and they took photos together. We at AIG hope João had an unforgettable time and will remember his special connection with the All Blacks as he reaches his athletic goals.