The organization Fundación Real Madrid, with Fundación MAPFRE's backing, have rolled out their ” Newcomers Building Community Through Sports” project in ENLACE, an academy within the Lawrence High School, which specializes in supporting newly arrived students in their English classes.
Through this program the idea is to encourage interest in sports, through a sports-based approach using basketball as their main tool. With this approach, students learn to help each other, they get help with their studies and improve their performance and, of course, it helps to awaken their interest in practicing sports.
This approach facilitates the integration of new students, as they can get involved in the sport groups of their new school, given that a number of them probably played sports back in their home towns. This program also provides another way for former ENLACE students to stay in touch with the project and help to guide the newly arrived students.
The Fundación Real Madrid works to preserve and maintain the historical heritage of the club, to foster the values inherent in sport as their main asset, to encourage comprehensive children and young people's education and bring about the social inclusion of vulnerable populations. Since the first school was created in Argentina in 2003, the foundation's work has grown considerably and it currently has 261 schools in more than 72 countries on five continents where more than 33,986 boys, girls and young people from at-risk backgrounds benefit from their work.