The mighty NBA’s latter-day wonder grew up in Montreal North. His name is Benedict Mathurin, he rocks Indianapolis, where he plays for the Pacers.
In tennis, Felix Agar-Aliassime just won the Antwerp tournament and is now ranked 9e world rank CF Montreal had a record season, especially thanks to Piet, Coné and other Choniers, athletes who learned their sport in our backyard.
In the NFL, it’s rare for quarterbacks to venture toward Benjamin Saint-Juste, a standout cornerback for the Washington Commanders, who also proudly wore the colors of the old Montreal Spartans.
Chris Boucher, Lugentz Dart, Maxime Crepeau, Antoine Auclair, Abraham Toro… I could tell you about all the Quebecers making a good living through professional sports.
From here more and more athletes are making their mark in the most popular sports on the planet besides hockey. Just like modern Quebec, lawns and courts can now be ridden as quickly as snow-covered surfaces.
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Mathurin, like many other sports stars, is a Montrealer of Haitian descent who grew up in Montreal North, and when you know the hardships many young people live in this neighborhood, there is reason to be even more proud of him.
He, Boucher, St-Juste, Dort et cie are now excellent role models for many Quebecers.
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However, it has been noted that persistence in school increases when young people try to emulate their idols. It is therefore imperative that our governments and municipalities do not neglect to provide these neighborhoods with all…