Unfortunately, the first drug smuggling attempt from Curaçao to the Netherlands had failed. Customs found drugs in the suitcase of Jetro’s parents, and got off with a warning at the time. Still, his parents were keen that the drugs would be smuggled to increase the chances of a new life. Then his parents decided to have Jetro stick the drugs on his body, and thus transport the drugs. ‘why me’? Jetro asked, to which his father replied, “You remain calm and have no fear Jetro, unlike your sister.”
After the drugs were successfully smuggled into the Netherlands, Jetro’s mother asked what he really wanted. To this Jetro replied that he wanted the cheapest football available. “Give my sister what you wanted to give me”. It was already visible here how humble Jetro was, and that he was happy with even the smallest things.
In the years that followed, Jetro Willems has grown into a professional football player. Jetro started his career at Spartaan’20, after which he soon moved to Sparta Rotterdam. After also playing for PSV, Jetro has made the move abroad, namely Eintracht Frankfurt. “There is a lot to consider when it comes to being a professional football player. Criticism, attention and influence are central points in this. As a result, I was never able to find myself. ”
He went from a boy on the street to a football player for whom 7 million euros was paid. That is why Jetro Willems is a role model for many young people. He has continued to focus on the good, not dwelling on the bad.
The prisoners appreciated the visit of Jetro Willems very much. Many people forget the prisoners, pretend they no longer exist. But they also have feelings and they consider communication very important. They liked it because everyone could talk to and / or listen to him. The football matches were also highly appreciated. Jetro played with his team against every cell block, 11 in total to be precise. It was clear to see that the players were really eager to beat Jetro’s team. They finally had something to fight for …
After the Futuro Prison Project, Jetro Willems indicated that after a long time he is proud of himself again. “You don’t get respect, you deserve it.” That is clearly noticeable with these cool prisoners. If you give them respect, you will get that in return.
Advice from Jetro
Finally, Jetro said, “Stay on the straight path no matter what. Don’t be influenced by bad people. Focus on yourself at all times and keep your goal firmly in mind. ”
Focus on your goal and believe in your own talent. ” Where there is a will, there is a way!” Hang out with good people and don’t let anyone get in the way of your dream.
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