2017-04-01 Jairo Blanchard has organized a soccer league and other activities through his nonprofit, Recreación Sana. An estimated 800 children in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, take part.
MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA—As the sun goes down in Matagalpa, a city nestled in the northern highlands of Nicaragua, Jairo Blanchard stands surrounded by a group of young boys, 20 or more. He has their undivided attention. Mr. Blanchard is explaining the rules for participating in this soccer league: no alcohol, no drugs, and no weapons on game day. The boys crowd in around him, eager to sign up.
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