The International Studies Foundation and the local government of Miami, in collaboration with Soccer Communities of America and International Finance Bank, have created an interested project focused on social integration via sports for children and young people.
The Sports in the Park Project involves children and young people at risk of social exclusion by utilizing public spaces and urban parks within Miami in order to offer value-based instruction, healthy living and teamwork by way of an alternative use of free time dedicated to a unique learning opportunity designed to help children coming from disadvantaged communities.
Value-based instruction, healthy living and teamwork through sport.
The formula is simple – use the power of football and bring it to the community to enrich the lives of children by removing economic obstacles and make it into the family schedule as a recreational or weekend activity.
Our program, funded by sponsors and foundations, provides the financial resources to organize a recreational offering where children can celebrate soccer in a safe place.
ROBERTO CLEMENT PARK
The program has begun to take place at the Roberto Clemente Park, in the Wynwood area of Miami, in January 2017. The beneficiaries are 45 children between the ages of 6 and 12, from disadvantaged areas of the city. The idea is to have between 60 and 80 children in the program in a near future.
NEXT STEPS: DORAL
We are going to implement the program in parks of Doral, in collaboration with the Honorable Mayor of the City, Juan Carlos Bermúdez, for the underserved children of this community.