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Date: 5/19/2017

The Brazilian Confederation of Handball (CBHb) in partnership with Correios the Brazilian post office launched their Core Handball Post: Preparing Hands for the Future community initiative earlier this month in Jardim Tamoio in the Jundiai municipality of Sao Paulo.


The initiative, supported by the Jundiai City Hall and Jundiai Handebol Clube, will see 30 children 15 boys and 15 girls between the ages of 9-12 years old from the socially deprived Vila Tupi neighbourhood attend the handball post centre three times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


Whilst in attendance they will follow a curriculum which will feature playing all types of sport along with a variety of other activities including visits to cultural centres and museums, handball matches, help with school and workshops to help with their development individually, and as members of their families and their community.


Social responsibility is one of the core pillars of the CBHb and one of Jundiais most famous sporting sons Diogo Henrique de Souza known as the Ox and who played for Brazil in IHF World Championships and Pan American Games will be keeping a close eye on how the initiative develops.


I did not get this opportunity when I was young, he said to local media at the launch. Maybe if I had it I would have got through to the national team more easily but with this initiative we are more than about revealing athletes we hope to form good citizens through sport.


Jundiai was chosen out of the 5,500 municipalities in Brazil to host the first initiative for a variety of reasons, however, the current Coordinator and Director of Income and Training of the Sports Management Unit of the Municipality of Jundiai just happens to be former Brazilian handball champion Rita Orsi.


I have worked for 32 years in handball with almost 20 dedicated to the Brazilian national team including three Olympic Games cycles, she said to local press at the launch. For me, participating in this project is a pride, a gift, and a recognition of my work. I want it to be a reference point for other future projects.


We are going to work with motor activities, sporting experience, and present handball to the young people, she continued. We will have a look based on the playful part and, logically, we will teach technical and tactical elements: to pass, to receive, to throw the ball, to dribble, to get rid of the marking, to take numerical advantage and match play, plus we will have social workshops all preparing these hands for the future, which, by receiving, passing and throwing, will transform Jundiai into a reference in Brazilian handball.


I've always liked sports, especially handball, said 10-year-old Kethelyn Vitória da Silva Souza at the launch to local media. I dream of becoming a professional athlete and here I will have everything I need to get where I want.


Also present at the event was Mayor of Sao Paulo, Luiz Fernando Machado who acknowledged the power of handball to unite communities. Everyone will be very happy with what will be done, he said. We want to give everyone an opportunity and these families will be very happy to have handball in the city.