Almost 70 minors from Sename (local youth help center) had the chance to share with representatives of the Team Chile and Para Chile

During an activity carried out in the Centro de Internación Provisoria San Joaquín, underage people had the chance to practice diverse sports such as tennis, blind football, Para badminton, and volleyball, all of it part of the Santiago 2023 Corporation program “Get to know your star.”

The program “Get to know your star,” promoted by the Santiago 2023 Corporation, has a big objective that is promoting physical activity among children and youth of our country; as well as, bringing together Chile's great sports figures to inspire with their life stories.

In a new activity within the framework of this initiative, different exponents of Team Chile and ParaChile offered a day of entertainment to nearly 70 teenagers and young people who are in the Centro de Internación Provisoria San Joaquín (San Joaquín Provisional Internment Center). 

Tennis, volleyball, blind football, Para table tennis, and Para badminton were the disciplines that the minors had the opportunity to practice -in many cases for the first time- and learn the key concepts of each sport.

All this was held under the attentive look of prominent national representatives, among whom were Maximiliano Rodríguez, Parapan American champion in Para table tennis in Lima 2019; Para badminton players Jaime Aránguiz and Patricio Echeverría; volleyball players from Universidad Andrés Bello, Maximiliano Blanco and Hugo Delgado, as well as the Chilean blind football team and members of Fundación Futuro para el Tenis (Future Foundation for Tennis).

Young people were able to practice several disciplines during the day (picture by: Santiago 2023).

The interim center's director, Yasna Cortés, appreciated the event, stressing that “this is a very important milestone for our center, since one of the objectives of this management is to promote and diversify the program opportunities for young people who are here. Sport brings a healthy life, better experiences and quality of life.”

Meanwhile, Alejandro Bacot, Deputy Director of Legacy and Sustainability of Santiago 2023, highlighted the value of this activity over others in the "Get to know your star" program, commenting that "we left the spaces where we usually are and entered this Provisional Internment Center, where we are changing the lives of young people who participated and we are motivating them to do physical activity.”

Maximiliano Rodríguez, one of the Para athletes who joined the event, highlighted the importance of sports as an option for life, emphasizing that "an activity like this is important, because we show young people that there are other alternatives for getting ahead. They will know that they can do new things and that they can get out of their routine through sports.

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