The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Fundación Pies Descalzos will work together to foster education for vulnerable children. Shakira, its founder, has explained that football can be used to build a future for these young people.
‘The value of having values’. That slogan that was revealed when Barça won la Liga and
the Champions League has become stronger on this US tour. Because aside from the games being played
by the first team, FC Barcelona has also found time for the most vulnerable sectors of society and
has been involved in several important agreements this week.
On Thursday they were in Washington signing an agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, and on Monday in Miami the FC Barcelona Foundation was at the University of Miami to
unveil its collaboration agreement with the Fundación Pies Descalzos set up by the Colombian singer
Sport for education
A number of boys and girls and plenty of people from the media, including about 30
TV channels, were there to watch the event featuring Shakira with Barça players Piqué, Puyol and
Busquets, and the vice president of the FC Barcelona Foundation, Ramon Pont, and former footballer
and Barça ambassador for the USA, Mia Hamm. Also attending were vice presidents Josep Maria
Bartomeu and Jordi Cardoner, plus directors Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca, Dídac Lee and Ramon Cierco.
The aim was to talk about the importance of sport, and football in particular for the
education of young people. As Shakira said “education is important. And education with
football is even better for promoting integration”.
Barça set example
Shakira admitted that thanks to Piqué “I have learned what sport means.
Respect for the rules, discipline, reaching targets, building dreams and making them come
true.” She also said that at Barça “there are different nationalities, beliefs,
idiosyncrasies … but what matters is the unity of wearing the same shirt. And I dream that
humanity can wear the same shirt, which is that of giving children a chance”. Given all the
values that Barça represents, Shakira has found that football is a means to educating future
generations. “The recipe of football and education is infallible. Every child should have a
book and a ball” she said.
An extraordinary opportunity
Involvement with famous people from around the world is one of the ways for FC
Barcelona’s agreements to produce results. That is what the vice president of the FC
Barcelona Foundation, Ramon Pont, said, explaining that “collaborating with Shakira is an
extraordinary opportunity”. Pont also said that Barça “is more than a club because it
has a heart, energy and sentiments”.