Sometimes Mountain Mission provides children from intact families opportunities that would otherwise be unattainable. Daniel was from an impoverished family in Portugal that had little hope of offering their son an education or a future. For Daniel, a basketball camp proved to be the bridge between Portugal and Virginia.
“I went to an NBA camp, and I think I got the attention of the president and vice-president of the camp. They said Mountain Mission School in America would be the best school for me.”
Here at MMS, Daniel’s skills advanced so much that he is the first MMS student ever to sign a national letter of intent for a Division I school. He’ll be attending Valparaiso University in Indiana this fall on a basketball scholarship, and this summer will be returning to Portugal to compete on the national team in the Portuguese Basketball Federation.
Mountain Mission has provided Daniel the educational opportunities that were beyond the reach of his family in Portugal, enabling him to discover his strengths in technical studies, and giving him new direction. “I want to play professional basketball, but if I don’t, I’d like to go into Mechanical Engineering.”
Asked what he has liked best about MMS, Daniel has a quick reply. “The studies, everything. All the teachers help you. If you need something, they come to you individually and explain it to you. I never had anything like that in Portugal.”