FIRST AIRED: September 21, 2018

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>>
NOISE] C
rist Wamba has come a long way. The 17-year-old fled Congo in 2015 at a time of political protest and violence. Now, he's training with the Greek League basketball team and dreaming of making it big in the US.>> In Congo we don't have food, we don't have money.
00:00:20
But me, I don't care about when I don't have food, I prefer to use my time on the court. I don't have shoes to play basket. I play with flip-flop, sometimes with nothing, without the shoes, only my legs. And all my legs was with like, blood sometime.>> Wamba made it to Europe by undertaking the same perilous journey as many migrants.
00:00:43
He crossed the Mediterranean in an overcrowded dingy with nothing but his clothes and a basketball. He spent months at a migrant camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos. There, he passed the time working on his game. Learning tips by watching NBA videos, Wamba filmed himself jumping and dunking.
00:01:03
He uploaded the video of his skills to Athlenda, a startup which helps young sports talent get noticed. That's when he got spotted. And since June this year, he's been training with the Thessaloniki Aris team.>>
FOREIGN]
> Now with a growing selection of sneakers, Wamba has applied for asylum in Greece.
00:01:24
Next stop he hopes, just might be the NBA.>> Practice, only practicing more, one day my dream, it will become true.
00:01:34
BLANK_AU
IO]