Kicking Footballs and Empowering Girls in the Favela: Project PlayLife

It all started in 2012, when American athletes Shanna and Ky Adderley moved to Rio, and couldn’t find a women’s football team. Shanna decided to start her own football project by organizing weekly practices for girls. Now, every week, the community of Vidigal welcomes the project.

By Vince de Jong & Marijne Scherjon

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An important element in the culture of Brazil and its favelas is football. Favelas are known for their violence, gangs, and poverty, but also as a breeding ground for football (soccer) talent. Famous players, like Adriano and Ronaldo, developed their skills in the favela. Therefore, playing football is not only a means to have fun and forget about problems, but also . . .

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