More than 500 educators joined in the dialogue with the international director of Sportmeet, Dr Paolo Crepaz, during his visit to Argentina at the beginning of June. The conferences dealt with a vision of sport from the prospective of brotherhood.
Some of the themes of their discussion included: educating through sport; a culture of defeat for a new culture of winning; creating a constructive relationship between sports and media; inclusion; human and social development.
The cooperation has already begun between universities and other institutions where Sportmeet educators teach.
A visit to the Casa del Niño in an impoverished district of Florencio Varela, a suburb of Buenos Aires, allowed everyone to see firsthand the setting in which the last Deporchicos was held – a sport event promoted by Sportmeet workers each year where you can see children of different social strata playing together on the field. This event, together with other social assistance projects, helps to build fraternal relations and solidarity.
The last two days of the South American visit were spent in the picturesque little town of the Focolare Movement, Mariapolis Lia, which is nestled in the Argentine pampas. Every year dozens of young people from around the world go to visit this place to have an experience of true brotherhood.
Reflections on some important issues, the sharing of many experiences from real life, the intense dialogue, and some relax time, allowed the participants in the weekend training not only to feel part of the family of Sportmeet, but also to renew their commitment to respond, through sport, to the many social questions that live in each one of them.