Today, La Nación reported that women’s soccer player María José Brenes of the Saprissa club has been giving away jerseys to people who donate money, food or masks for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
This wasn’t a team effort or a project of the Saprissa Foundation. It was just María José, trying to figure out a way to help. And I’m not surprised: women’s players have to hustle their whole lives (to get respect and recognition, to eke out a living between their sport and their other jobs), so they are well suited for a moment like this.
María José isn’t alone. Raquel Morera, Lixy Rodríguez, Viviana Chinchilla and Valery Sandoval are also listed in the article as impromptu fundraisers. They’ve been joining forces to pick up in-kind donations and get them where they need to go. I hope that after today’s press coverage, some more resources will line up behind these players.
Thank you, ladies, for showing us not just how women do, but also what it means to be an athlete and a role model. We see you.
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