Created on 2019-09-17 at 00:07 AM
FC Bayern Munich have teamed up with Intendencia Montevideo and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) upon their first visit to Uruguay, creating safe spaces for youngsters to play sport in Montevideo.
On Monday, FC Bayern donated a structure, including a soccer goal and basketball net to Cancha de Basquet del Movimiento Salesiano Tacurú for young people to use at their leisure. Later this year another donation will be made to a brand-new court, Cancha de Basquet y Fútbol de la Etapa II de Lavalleja, which is being built by Intendencia Montevideo.
“Every time FC Bayern visits a new city, we spend months researching the local culture and important topics affecting the city,” commented FC Bayern Munich’s President of the Americas, Rudolf Vidal. “Through our conversations with the Inter-American Development Bank we found out that there are some pockets of Montevideo that are in desperate need of support. It is an honor to team up with the mayor’s office and the IDB to create a safe space for young people to play soccer and/or basketball,” he added.
FC Bayern Munich is known globally for its record-breaking soccer team which has won 29 national championships, 19 domestic cups as well as five UEFA Champions League titles. The sporting club is also home to a star-studded back-to-back championship winning basketball team, which is in Uruguay to participate in the NBA G League International Challenge, tipping off on September 18.
“The fact that this team is not only coming here to play a tournament but to share their knowledge, says a lot about how sport is not only about competing. It’s also about life lessons,” said Christian Di Candia, Mayor of Montevideo.
FC Bayern Basketball champions, Danilo Barthel, Paul Zipster and Maodo Lô were on hand today to help introduce the new equipment to 100 children aged between 12 and 17 from Tacurú. The players ran a basketball skills session and played a series of short games.
“It is proven that sport is, in addition to fun, a great tool for the development of soft skills in young people who are then very useful to have a better performance in the work environment, such as teamwork, communication, focus on the results, discipline, respect and self-development, ”says Morgan Doyle, the IDB Representative in Uruguay.