This is the most valuable autograph that these two California surfers, Sean and Daniel, have in their possession. They both spearhead an organization that is allowing the rescue of many young people escaping war and poverty in Liberia.
"It's incredible. It's beyond what we could have imagined. To be honest when we first were asked to come here, we thought it was some sort of trick, and the more we learned. Now we´re here and it´s surpassed all of our expectations”.
Their initiative, Surf Resource Liberia, has joined Pope Francis' Scholas educational project. Both of them traveled to Rome for the closing of the Sixth World Congress.
In the short time they were at the Vatican, they could see the scope of this initiative that has brought together various sports and film stars on an international level.
"I think it went really well. I think ultimately it´s going to be a huge milestone for the global surf community to have this opportunity to have Pope Francis to acknowledge the sport as a bridge towards peace and towards cultural interaction.”
The Scholas project is starting to emerge on a worldwide scale as the Pope's goal is aimed at using sport as a tool for transmitting values.
On several occasions, Pope Francis has underlined the importance of sports with its ability to train young people on values such as teamwork and overcoming difficulties.