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Photo of spaces allowing people in wheelchairs to attend soccer matches
David Flier

River Sin Barreras, A Storied Soccer Club Becomes A Model For Disability Inclusion

The River Plate sports club in the Núñez area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is home to many sports, but renowned for its decorated professional football club, which is also making a name for itself for its inclusive policies.

For 20 years, the River Plate sports club in Núñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina has been working towards equal participation for disabled members and others. Their journey has been helped by cutting-edge strategies in social and sports inclusion, and improvements in accessibility.

When Tomás was 8 years old in 2013, he toured River's facilities with his father, Juan Pablo Chiappe. Both are fans and members of the Núñez club and, that day, a sign at an office caught their attention: "River sin Barreras" (River without Barriers). Tomás has a chromosomal duplication that can manifest itself similarly to autism. Until coming across that office, he had not been able to actively participate in the life of the club about which he was so passionate.

"We knocked on the door out of curiosity, and Liliana Plandolit, the former president of the club's Commission for the Integration of People with Disabilities — River sin Barreras — warmly opened the doors and asked us, earnestly, what Tomi would like to do at the club," Chiappe Sr. recalls.

They got Tomás involved in some of the club's activities and, with adjustments and support from River sin Barreras, he got hooked on tennis. Tomás also began participating in the Tu Lugar en el Monumental ("Your place at Monumental") Program, which is named after the River Plate’s stadium. With the program, disabled club members get a free season ticket and can go with a companion to every match.

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food / travel
Andrea Albertano

The World’s Southernmost Wine Is Also Deliciously Sustainable

In a small town in southern Argentina, people are using grapes first brought to the region by their grandparents to produce unique wine in one of the world's southernmost wine regions — creating a sustainable production model and strengthening their community.

SANTA CRUZ — Low houses stretch over the windy Estepa coast, with the deep blue sea as a backdrop. The desert of stone and dust is now dotted with green vineyards. Two years ago, a group of dreamers began to intertwine each of the yards and farms where they had vines and grapes, creating a new community project.

The town of Caleta Olivia, in the department of Deseado in the San Jorge Gulf region of southern Argentina, has stories of the B&R (born and raised in the area) and C&S (come and stay), as they are called here. Among the latter, there is a mixture of those who arrived in the early 1900s and many others who, arrived from the northern provinces of Argentina after the discovery of oil in the regio, with suitcases and hopes of better jobs with the YPF company, currently the largest oil company in Argentina.

According to the 2021 census, Caleta Olivia has 75,000 inhabitants. Today, this town has developed new economic activities: a mainstay of tourism, connected to the Municipal Natural Reserve, home to sea lions, seagulls and cormorants. And recently, the city has launched an unusual production for the region: the southernmost wine in the world.

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