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No paddocks, no Maradonas

The paddocks are synonymous with dreams, opportunities: Diego Maradona is driving a campaign to regain their role in the neighborhoods.

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Without paddocks there are no Maradonas: a few meters from the Bombonera, in front of what was once a pasture, this phrase is read on a wall. In La Boca, in the neighborhood, in the street, in the sidewalk. In every neighborhood. For many guys, playing ball is a way out, an escape. A chance. But the neighborhoods are changing and that essence is gradually diluting.

Always controversial, Diego Maradona is a human being with errors, like everyone else. But there is something that was always present in him: the padlock, and all that it represents. That is why he recently met with the President of the Nation, to whom he proposed to be the ambassador of a project that aims to recover the pasture in different parts of Argentina. This is part of the Ten's struggle to keep alive the sectors where many kids begin to gestate their dreams. Like it happened to him so many years ago.

This campaign to make sports playones in the neighborhoods seeks to rebuild the social network of values that surrounds the ball. Because few will probably become Maradona, but what they learn along the way is irreplaceable. Playing, for many children today in the country, is something that is denied them. A healthy childhood, in a contained environment, is a privilege that few count on.

That's why, without paddocks, there's no Maradonas. There are no dreams. There's no childhood. Because — the more we're disconnecting from so much hyperconnection — it's important to go back to the source, to the bases: for the kids to play ball on legs again, and that's the only important thing. Let themdream again that, perhaps, they can also be Maradona.

Publication Date: 12/03/2020

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