Sunwing Foundation Delivers Soccer Shoes To Bijagua Kids

The Sunwing Foundation donated 43 pairs of new soccer shoes to the local soccer school in Bijagua, Costa Rica last month. Janine Chapman, Chief Marketing & Technology Officer for the Sunwing Travel Group, visited the soccer field to offer the gift in person.  She was accompanied by Daniel Xahuetitla, Marc Borgers and Mario Vargas from the NexusTours office in Costa Rica. A consignment of school supplies and sports equipment was also given to the local elementary school, Escuela Lider Bijagua.

Part of the Sunwing Travel Group, NexusTours provides a number of eco adventure and volcano tours in the Tenorio and Miravalles area, close to where the small, rural community of Bijagua is located. The NexusTours team got to know the people of Bijagua, as members of the town had been instrumental in setting up an association to protect the local wildlife. The primary rainforest here is home to many of Costa Rica’s indigenous and protected species including tapirs, 2-toed and 3-toed sloths, squirrel monkeys, jaguarundis and over 130 species of tropical birds.

Janine Chapman commented, “We’re delighted to have been able to leverage our airline and destination management divisions to facilitate this donation to the local soccer school and help make a difference in the lives of these children. The overriding mission of the Sunwing Foundation is to support the education and development of youth in the communities where we operate.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of the soccer school was head coach, Erick Valerio, who explained that the school was set up entirely by volunteers in the community to not only teach the children soccer skills but to encourage them to learn more about friendship and teamwork.  He also added, “Many of the kids here come from families without many economic resources. You can see many don't have soccer shoes, let alone shoes that fit. … On behalf of the whole community we thank you for thinking of us and being so generous. God bless you.”

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