The Beautiful Game: On Soccer and Sociocultural Vaccines in Rio de Janeiro by Bryan Rego ⚽️🇧🇷 "In Brazil I witnessed what I like to think of as an inoculation—or sociocultural vaccine— an intervention or project that can instill change in a community by fortifying innate passion and resilience against the sociopolitical injustices that engender poverty; those injustices that have been passed down through generations of those cast from away from communities and robbed of resources.
In this case the patient population was a group of sixty to eighty children, ages as young as 6 and as old as 18, living in a favela in the shadow of Cristo Redentor (Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer
statue). The vaccine? Soccer, of course.