Congratulations to Design Fellow Daniel Feldman and project partners Homeless World Cup, Instituto Bola pra Frente, Organização Civil de Ação Social (OCAS), and Nike on the completion of Bola pra Frente, Santa Cruz - a legacy of the Homeless World Cup 2010, Rio de Janeiro designed by Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos and Nanda Eskes Arquitetura. Ceremonies today opened the community center and street football pitch to the community of Santa Cruz.
The Legacy Center is the 3rd project completed through Round One of Architecture For Humanity and Nike's GameChangers grant program. The jury is out for the GameChangers Sports Micro-Venture Fund Request For Proposals Round 2 which wrapped up in October. Look for winners to be announced in the coming weeks.
Here's the official report from the Homeless World Cup website.
Brazil Legacy project receives official opening
The Homeless World Cup legacy project in Brazil received an official opening today.
The state of the art Youth and Women's Leadership Centre in Santa Cruz has been built as part of the legacy project for the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup which took place on Copacabana Beach from 19-26 September 2010.
The centre will be focused on assisting young people and women within the local community by providing education and leadership training and an opportunity to play regular sport, ensuring the benefits of football are available to people in Santa Cruz.
The Legacy Centre was built in partnership with Architecture for Humanity and Nike, teaming up with local partners Organização Civil de Ação Social (OCAS), and Bola Pra Frente (BPF).
Mel Young, Founder and President of the Homeless World Cup is delighted that the Homeless World Cup will leave a sustainable legacy in Brazil: “The legacy project is very important as it provides a physical demonstration of what the Homeless World Cup stands for; football being a tool for inclusion.”
“The centre in Santa Cruz will provide a local base to help people within the community”.
Cameron Sinclair, Founder of Architecture for Humanity said: “We are thrilled that the Santa Cruz centre is creating a lasting legacy and providing resources to the community, a home for street-football, and an elevated voice for the Homeless of Brazil.”