The past months have been full of excitement, as we organized the 2nd edition of the Happy Cities Festival, where we invited the whole community to discuss what makes the city a happy place for all of us.
During that festival, youth and specially our girls had a special role, as they participated in all of the talks and round-tables and then gave their feedback to the Local Government General Secretary and the head of the Rosario National University. This experience was truly empowering as they had a voice and a platform to share their thoughts and vision.
Also, after the Rio Olympics, we received an inspiring visit as the Gold medallist Cecilia Carranza visited the girls of Hockey Junior & Hockey Power and spent a few hours chatting about topics that interest them: what is success, what is happiness, how to overcome obstacles and the importance of having dreams and following them. She taught us an invaluable as she said that if you want to go fast, then go alone, but if you want to go far, then go with a team.
We invite you all to become part of our team so that we can all go further!
Half of the year has passed and the teams are working better each day. We have noticed major positive changes in participant’s attitudes and in their health habits.
Girls from the hockey teams have created strong bonds with each other, they started sharing many moments outside the field as well and we can notice how their self-esteem have increased as a result of perceiving themselves as athletes.
With the boys from the soccer teams we can also notice positive changes, they have decreased their levels of violence and are managing their frustrations, and increased their conflict resolutions abilities. Of course parents are the #1 fans, so a group of moms got together and created some flags to take to field whenever there is a match.
This time I share a special video we launched for a campaign we are doing in Argentina – sorry, it’s in Spanish – to invite people to join as social investors to help us continue to do our work, where everybody can see how we use sports to fight addiction and criminality. We invite you to share it as well!
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In this opportunity we wanted to share some general info on El Desafío, this year we have 15 programs that reaches over 140 kids aged between 7 & 18, where 67% are participating for the first time ever. We are thrilled for the team that is working every day, formed by 59 extremely committed volunteers and 13 staff members.
As for the start of the activities, boys started training as real “Pros” and begun participating in a local competition every Sunday. The group is already becoming a team as they are working on developing their collaboration and Communication skills.
The girls participated in a “Beach Hockey Tournament” it was pretty exciting and challenging since the sand made the situation lot harder. However it was a great excuse to have fun and to enjoy a different afternoon next to Rosario’s famous river “Parana”
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2016 officially started with a new group of boys and girls that happily signed up for our football (soccer) and field hockey programs. In total, 70 boys and girls from 12 to 17 years old began with trainings last week, after a signing in process that inlcude their commitment (and their families) to the programs.
As usual, all the participants are provided with all the equipment needed to do proper trainings: football boots, field hockey sticks, balls, etc. For many boys, it's the first time they have the chance to choose which type of boot they would like to use. And for most ot younger ones, this decision is made by checking which boot is using their favourite player. "Cristiano or Messi?", is a never ending debate you can hear each day between them. But it relfects that they already feel like peers, they are also football players now and this change of attitude is already a milestone.
Meanwhile, the girls are not so focused in the equipment, but in taking care that the 'old' ones mix with the new ones. The historic participants are making sure that everyone feels comfortable and motivated, explanining hockey techniques, being proactive in initiating conversations and smiling a lot.
Coming month, competitions are starting, with weekly games on weekends.
Thanks to your support we can keep on providing high level sports program!
PS: Meantime, in Buenos Aires, our program director Luz Amuchastegui had the chance to talk to President Barack Obama about social entrepreneurship and the role of NGOs in social change.
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