Youngsters from reserves will share soccer, cultures

Youngsters from Costa Rica’s native communities will meet for the finals of a nine-month soccer tournament Saturday and Sunday in Parque la Sabana. The championships, both male and female, will take place Sunday morning in the new national stadium.

However the event is much more than a fútbol contest. More than 300 youngsters are expected from a host of native communities: Terraba, Boruca, Quitirrisi, Conte Burica, Guatuso (Maleku), Talamanca, Bajo Chirripo and Coto Brus, organizers said. There was extensive participation in the lead up to the championships by volunteers of the U.S.
Peace Corps at the native reserves in the country.

The event is being called the Primera Copa Nacional del Niñez y Adolescencia Indígina. The major sponsor is the Seprojoven organization.

In addition to playing soccer, the youngsters, 15 to 23, will get to know one another and share a cultural evening Saturday of dance, movies and theater. There also will be leadership training.

The gathering kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday in the national stadium, and soccer games will take place on the various la Sabana fields. There will be a parade of participating delegations Sunday at 7:30 a.m. in the national stadium before the soccer finals.

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