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NFL Mexico’s Tochito (Flag Football) Champions to Play with DC High School Students
Washington, D.C. 19 Sept. 2012—This Friday, September 21 st, NFL Mexico’s Tochito Champions will play a game of flag football at a local school as a part of a cultural exchange. From 9am to 10:30am, the Tochito team members, ages 13-14, will tour the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, meet with students and faculty, including some students who traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico on a school exchange program, and play flag football. Representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the US State Department’s SportsUnited Office will also be in attendance. After the game, Partners of the Americas’ A Ganar program staff will provide the youth with a guided tour of Washington DC.
The Tochito team will later return to Baltimore where they will be recognized for their achievements during Sunday night’s nationally televised game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.
Mexico boasts the largest NFL fan base outside of the United States with over 27.5 million fans. Through its corporate social responsibility campaigns, the NFL hopes to give back to communities in both the US and Mexico. Tochito is one of the NFL’s sport- for- development initiatives, which work to promote good health as well as teamwork, gender equality, sportsmanship, and respect. Last year, 950,000 boys and girls 6- 25 years old participated in Tochito games in both private and public schools across 26 of Mexico’s 32 states. NFL Mexico has aligned many partners to provide quality football equipment such as footballs and flag belts, a training clinic for physical education teachers to properly implement and monitor the game, and proper nutrition for the participants. Tochito has received excellent feedback and results in Mexico, and the program is hoped to expand to all 32 Mexican states within the next two years.
Partners of the Americas’ A Ganar program is equally committed to the model of sport- for- development and promotes technical training for Latin American and Caribbean youth who are looking to improve their employability through soccer and other team sports, like Tochito. Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), A Ganar now operates in 15 countries.