The new fund, which goes by the name "Transcendence·Love", was established by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) in partnership with the Chinese Super League. It launched its first activity at the Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School on March 2 as the new season of the 2019 Chinese Super League approached.
The activity, presented by Zhang Bin, a China Central Television anchor, was attended by Li Songwu, secretary-general of CSCLF; Li Yuyi, vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association; Ma Quanjun, assistant director of the China Sports Management Center for People with Disabilities; Sergi Torrents, General Manager of La Liga Greater China; Dong Zheng, general manager of the Chinese Super League Limited Company; Liu Jianhong, council member at CSCLF, and other representatives from the Guangdong Federation for People with Disabilities, the Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports Bureau of Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Federation for People with Disabilities, and the Shenzhen Jiazhaoye Football Club.
Li Songwu, secretary-general of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, delivers a speech during the activity on March 2. [Photo/IC]
During the activity, Li Songwu delivered a speech in which he thanked the Chinese Football Association, Chinese Super League and other welfare institutes for their support for CSCLF.
"The new fund demonstrates the strengthening partnership between CSCLF and the Chinese Super League," Li said.
"As a public welfare platform, I hope that more organizations and individuals will join the initiative and help more children rise above their limits and accomplish their dreams," Li added.
Li Yuyi, vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association, delivers a speech at the activity on March 2. [Photo/IC]
During his speech, Li Yuyi said that soccer should be not confined to just competitions. "The Chinese Super League will work with its partners to deliver on its social responsibilities and commit to the balanced development of teenagers and children.
Representatives from Chinese Super League Limited Company and CSCLF sign a cooperation agreement on setting up a special welfare fund on March 2. [Photo/IC]
Following the addresses, Chinese Super League Limited Company signed an agreement with CSCLF. After the signing ceremony, the newly-established fund donated soccer balls and other sporting equipment to children at the school. Special goals were also specially prepared for the children.
Li Songwu gifts a soccer ball to a young girl. [Photo/IC]
Li Yuyi shakes hands with a schoolboy. [Photo/IC]
Sergi Torrents, General Manager of La Liga Greater China, gives a soccer ball to a student. [Photo/IC]
After the donation, the children who received gifts were given an opportunity to play soccer with professional athletes from the Shenzhen Jiazhaoye Football Club. Though initially nervous, the young players were soon able to find their groove with the assistance of coaches.
Schoolboys at the Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School play soccer with members of the Shenzhen Jiazhaoye Football Club.
In the future, the special fund is expected to bolster the development of sports education in less developed areas with the support of the Chinese Super League and its partners. Its goal is to give children more opportunities and equal access to quality education.
The fund will team with 16 football clubs to provide care for vulnerable groups and impaired children, helping them attain balanced develop through soccer.
The fund will also partner with La Liga to hold cross-border welfare activities calling attention to the welfare of teenagers and children.
Representatives pose for a photograph with children at the Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School. [Photo/IC]
(Source: Fund Department of CSCLF)
(Note: All photos, including portraits of children, were released with permission from all involved parties)