‘Samba 360’ Continues to Provide Sports Gear to Rio’s Disadvantaged

Citing studies that have shown how youth participation in sports decreases the odds of children being involved in violence, Shawn Brown believes that through this seemingly simple act of promoting sport in favela communities, he and others can make a positive impact in the lives of young Brazilians.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Samba 360 is a New York-based NGO whose mission is to distribute sporting equipment to disadvantaged children throughout the world. Founded in 2013 by American expatriate Shawn Brown after he handed an old soccer ball to a local Carioca boy, the charity has a special connection with Rio de Janeiro, where Brown hopes to continue improving the lives of the city’s many underprivileged youngsters.

“Samba 360 is an all-volunteer organization which started in November 2013.” Brown explains. “Our mission is collecting new and gently used sports gear for . . .

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