Sport once again proves it can be more than just a pastime to while away the hours, and can have a profound social impact.
Several years ago, the Charros baseball club teamed up with Jalisco authorities to give children living in conditions of extreme poverty a chance to transform their lives. “Picha Cacha y Ponte a Batear Transformando Vidas” was designed specifically for youngsters who cannot practice sports because of their economic and social situations.
It was announced this week that the program is being expanded, from around 60 kids to as many as 250.
The program includes ongoing baseball training in the club’s academy, free uniforms, breakfasts and the chance to attend Charros games during the season (October-January). Support is also to be offered to families of the children, if required.
The Charros have earmarked 1.38 million pesos toward the expansion of this initiative, which is co-sponsored by the Jalisco Secretaría del Sistema de Asistencia Social (SSAS).
“We are going to support this in every way we can, to ensure it continues for many years to come,” Governor Enrique Alfaro said this week.