The basketball court is being overseen by a neighborhood committee which was established to care for the new facility and consists of seven members from the local community. The court was named the Christian Santana Court, in memory of Mrs. del Rio’s husband, and comes equipped with lighting so that it can be used at night and for more official events. One event that we are all looking forward to will take place in summer 2015 when the court will host a tournament between the local barrios sponsored by Puntacana. Let’s not to get ahead of ourselves, though, because the inauguration of the court was an exciting event in and of itself.
On December 17th 2014 at 4pm, the local Samaritanos team got to play a friendly game with the Dominican Republic’s Eastern Team, Los Caneros. Even a local radio station, KOOL FM, was there to help inaugurate the new court. Before the big game could take place, however, the local children were given “Grupo Puntacana Con La Comunidad” t-shirts, and a few words were said by Puntacana founder Frank Rainieri. After that, games were played and prizes were awarded. A local pastor said a few words, and then finally Mrs. del Rio herself had an opportunity to speak. Finally, cake was cut, and it was game on.
As you can see, exciting things are happening in our local communities, and it’s all thanks to people getting involved. This project would never have been possible without the generous and loving donation by Mrs. Lucia del Rio, and she has given the area something that it will use for years to come.