29 de April del 2019 9:09 am.
80 players took part in the first-ever tournament for persons with intellectual disabilities over the weekend in Copa Santos Peñoles, which recently kicked off its ninth edition at Territorio Santos Modelo.
Santos Laguna, under its corporate responsability program Guerreros de Corazón and Todo Vien, a social marketing agency focused on the inclusion of persons with disabilities, teamed up for the first time to offer kids and young adults to offer them the opportunity to play in a competitive environment and experience a real competition.
Each of the eight teams in this year's edition had a public figure representing them as a sponsor, serving as motivation for the players as they competed throughout the weekend and bringing awareness to the cause throughout their social media platforms. Mexican actors Michelle Renaud, Markín Lopez and Lambda Garcia joined media members Juan Carlos Baez (TV Azteca), Maribel Rangel, Luis Amatón (Televisa), and Club Santos Femenil defender Karla Martinez as the eight embassadors.
"We're savoring the emotion that we have been able to include a category like this," said Renaud-who herself is a long-time ambassador for Todo Vien- at the conclusion of the medal ceremony on Sunday. "These children are super happy; for them it's like a dream, it's like going to the Olympics. Being able to include them is something wonderful.
"I have been very fortunate to be part of this experience for a long time, to be part of Todo Vien. It helps you to value what you have and to see that life is beautiful no matter what disabilities or difficulties we have.
"For me it is an opportunity that life is giving me. These are extremely affectionate people who really value life and who transmit so much love. Thank you very much to Santos Laguna and Peñoles who allowed us to be a part of it. Hopefully we can open the door (to this category) every year where there will be more children and more teams."