Deck of Chilean Ship Serves as Soccer Field
By Dialogo January 11, 2012
The deck of the AO-52 oiler “Almirante Montt” was the scene of the final match of the Homeless Soccer championship on January 7, in which representatives of the Fundación Sede de la Familia faced off against a group from the municipality of Talagante, resulting in the victory of the latter and earning them the Chile Homeless Soccer Championship Cup.
On this occasion, the general secretary of the Navy, Rear Admiral (Upper) Humberto Ramírez Navarro, stated that “we’re very happy that this has happened, especially as it fulfills our social role as Armed Forces in this crusade to take those children who are most vulnerable and give them an opportunity.” He also noted that “perhaps many of them or some of them can be sailors, and of course, our doors are open for them to join us.”
The team that represented the Fundación Sede de la Familia in the tournament is part of the Homeless Soccer workshops offered in different family centers to meet social needs through sports. The idea is to motivate the young people who participate in the workshop to live a healthy life and not fall into vices such as drugs or alcohol.
This Homeless Soccer event, the first to be held on a naval vessel, also made Chile’s candidacy to host the 2014 Homeless World Cup official, a tournament held every year in various locations around the world as part of the struggle for social inclusion. The most recent tournament was held in Paris, where Chile came in fifth out of over 60 countries.
The Fundación Sede de la Familia was created in 1990 with the aim of improving the quality of life of families with few resources. The foundation’s work has the family as its chief axis and is carried out through 14 family centers located across the country from north to south.