PlayLife: An Initiative for Sports in Rio’s Favela Communities

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For a little over a year PlayLife, a Rio de Janeiro-based, expatriate-founded initiative, has been working to fight stereotypes and social stigmas against girls playing soccer in Brazil while also teaching additional sports, English classes, and personal development skills to the young people who live in the city's lower-income communities.

PlayLife currently has approximately fifteen girls who participate in the football (soccer) program and fifteen boys in the basketball program. Both the girls and boys have practice and attend an English class every Saturday. As there . . .

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