ESPN dedicates a multi-functional sports court in Mexico for its community residents.
Civic leaders, ESPN, and Disney employees gathered in Transportistas in Chimalhuacan to celebrate the opening of a new court space built for he community. According to Beyond Sport, the project is led by ESPN, along with love.futbol and A Ganar. The hope is that the space will be used for people to learn job skills and fulfill their potential through the power of sports. Beyond Sport said, “The program was developed by award-winning organization A Ganar, which uses sports as a vehicle to provide communities across Latin America with training and skills that lead to employment and enables young people to achieve success in life. The court space was enhanced by a KaBOOM! playground built to inspire kids to get up, get outside and get active.”
Chimalhuacan was carefully selected based on need, population and social issues. This court will help create a safe space and will greatly enhance the sports opportunities in the area for children. Located in a neighborhood known for violence, this is one of the only safe spaces nearby. “ESPN is committed to providing resources to kids in Mexico City to play sports,” said Russell Wolff, executive vice president and managing director, ESPN International. “We are pleased to collaborate with love.fútbol, A Ganar, KaBOOM!, Deportivo Don Bosco and Street Soccer Mexico to build this court and playground in a community where there is a need, as it can truly make a difference.” This is a long-term community initiative that should provide positive opportunities for children and keep children safe. As a result, these community members will grow up with positive opportunities to engage in sports rather than succumb to potential violence.
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