On the of 3rd June, HOPE worldwide – Russia together with the Moscow municipality Marfino held a sports festival for children in the area. The festival united children from different schools and various families under the motto: “Youth of Marfino Against Drugs”. The festival also congratulated the children on a successful end to the academic year.
On this day the students’ familiar schoolyard was transformed into not only a place of sports and competition, but a place of friendship and sincere joy for children and adults alike.
On this day the celebration gathered and united children of different ages to prove once again that sport is the best way to create a basis for friendship and have a good time while teaching children to say no to drugs and alcohol.
The sounds of music spreading all over the district drew the attention of passersby, and many became spectators of the events and competitions, and even fans of the competing groups.
Simultaneously on several sports fields we held football and volleyball competitions, and for the younger candidates we had relay races and contests in which younger children had to show not only sharpness, dexterity and speed, but also the desire to win. It was pleasant for all to observe how the children supported and consoled each other when there were failures, or something just didn’t come out right. Isn’t that a victory in and of itself?
The teachers and the tutors, who at first were there to simply observe and support the students, eventually couldn’t contain their enthusiasm any longer and joined in the fun as well. In the end they even arranged contests of dexterity between children, teachers and staff members of HOPE worldwide – Russia.
The day ended on a high note with awards and prizes being given out not only to the winners of the competitions, but to all of the participants.
Thus we can say with confidence that Marfino’s playgrounds could now be considered sports stadiums!