CRESO has results
The support of Dominican athletes by the private sector is back.
Starting now, the support of the Dominican business community to national sports will not circumscribe to just simple advertising campaigns, but a proper endorsement that seeks to elevate also the intellectual level and social formation of athletes.
The project has been denominated Creando Sueños Olímpicos (CRESO) and was launched in an activity headed by businessman Felipe Vicini, and which also featured the participation of Grupo Corripio, Mercasid, Central Romana, Ferquido, Banco Popular and Codetel. The COD, was also represented by its chairman, Luis Mejía Oviedo.
In his speech, Vicini narrated how the project began in 2009, pointing out that alongside the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), the initiative “had as objective an investment agreement, on behalf of Vicini, in the high-performance sports platform”. “This agreement consists of supporting athletes with the purpose of creating their economic independence, which will allow them to consecrate themselves to their sports practice, while they attain an academic formation”. “CRESO invests resources that work as an additional guarantee to the official budget and not a substitution”, Vicini continued expressing at the time of pointing out that one of the aims is to “develop and promote an increase and constant, as well as programmed support of all sectors involved in sports”.
The program also promotes sports, educational and social development, so that on the long-term we can create model leaders, which become model citizens, formed with levels of excellence, worthy workers, and committed to their country. The program also promotes sports, educational and social development, so that on the long-term we can create model leaders, which become model citizens, formed with levels of excellence, worthy workers, and committed to their country. Vicini also informed that CRESO invests resources in the disciplines of: boxing, sailing, fencing, taekwondo, track, basketball and weight-lifting, and contemplates to involve tennis players, ping-pong (table tennis) and Olympic wrestling.
Vicini emphasized the role played by CRESO in the preparation and participation of Dominican athletes that attended the Pan American Games of Guadalajara, where the Dominican Republic won 33 medals, overcoming their previous performance in the Rio Games, where the DR won 29 medals. He extended his heart filled thanks to the athletes, to whom he said “every day you exalt the name of our nation, filling us with great emotion, pride and satisfaction”. He also extended his thanks to all impresarios whom have joined CRESO, as well as COD and the technical direction of this organization that has been working alongside the program.
Vicini pointed out that “efforts like these are priceless contributions and for the long-term, a legacy we leave our country; since we are contributing towards a better society so our industrious spirit be guided on the pathway to a professional formation that is worthy and an example to follow here as well as abroad”.
“It is an effort for the long-term”, said Vicini upon finalizing his speech, whom was joined by Marcial Najri, of Ferquido; José Mármol, of Banco Popular; Freddy Domínguez, of Claro-Codetel; Julio Brache of Grupo Rica; Manuel Corripio, of Grupo Corripio; Roberto Bonetti, of Mercasid; and Frank Micheli, of Central Romana Corporation. At the event also spoke Luis Mejía Oviedo, on behalf of the COD, whom graded the official program launch as a “historical milestone”, highlighting the outreach CRESO has generated in high-performance competing athletes. “This is the backbone we need, added Mejía obviously feeling emotional, whom shortly after presented a video with thrilling moments capturing Dominican participation in the Guadalajara Games. Of the 33 medals reached in Guadalajara, CRESO was present in 27 of those achievements.
On behalf of the athletes spoke two-time Pan American champion of the 53kg category in weight-lifting, Yuderkis Contreras, whom highlighted the program scope, that has allowed her to begin her university studies. “I always wanted to study and thanks to this scholarship offered by CRESO, I am already majoring in Accounting, a career that will allow me to be a professional, when I am no longer able to practice my discipline” said the renowned athlete. Contreras pointed out that “as an athlete, I feel proud of my country, I compete for my flag, and I feel very happy that Dominican businessmen are supporting us to reach our dreams, and make us good professionals”.