Founded in 1993 by cyclist Ricardo Cocuzzi and his wife Selma, Lar Nossa Senhora Aparecida could be just another orphanage that serves vulnerable children and adolescents in the district of Parelheiros, on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo. However the institution offers a routine quite unique and different from all other Brazilian homes. In addition to basic care and focus on education, the boys and girls chase their dreams every day on top of their bikes.
The home, also affectionately known among sports fans as 'Lar', has a mountain bike trail craved in the middle of an Atlantic Forest area, in which more than 250 children have already trained.
This incredible devotion has yielded great results such as the participation of athletes from Lar in the Pan American Games and in several Brazilian and regional championships. The star of the moment is Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi, the current Brazilian Mountain Bike XCO Champion, who is one of the promises of medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.