The leader of the Quinta del Buitre and former Real Madrid soccer player, Emilio Butragueño, inaugurated the Panthers Sports School at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The new school will be focused on promoting the sport of football among children and youth at social risk as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles.
According to Butragueño, "it is important to be part of initiatives that promote values for children, like respect for teammates, opponents, fans and the family, through football. Projects like this are already at work in other countries and have had excellent results.”
This school will create a space for healthy recreation for children in vulnerable communities near the Universidad Latina Heredia Campus. It will promote values based education through sport and encourage participants to complete their studies, as it seeks to provide integral support.
“Spain and Costa Rica have always enjoyed a strong relationship, we share so many things, one of which is the passion for football, a passion that can be leveraged to support the society," said Butragueño.
The Panthers Sports School will start operations in February 2013. The first phase of the project will include 60 children who will receive soccer training over the weekends on the fields of ULatina’s Heredia campus.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.