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Legião da Boa Vontade Promotes the Culture of Peace at the Amazonian Championships
an article by Juliana Valim, Legião da Boa Vontade

Volunteers of the Legião da Boa Vontade (Good Will Legion)were on hand on May 28th at the Robert Simonsen Stadium in Manaus to publicize the campaign Sport is Life, not violence! during the match between Nacional and Fast for the Amazonian Championship.

Photo by Lucivane Araújo. Volunteers from the LBV promote the Campaign Sport is Life, not violence! at the Amazonian championship match

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Since the 1970s, the LBV promotes initiative in stadiums and gyms in Brazil, aiming to promote a culture of peace in sports. On behalf of the athletes of the National team, the midfielder Rafael Serrano said: "This message is very important for those who practice and those who come to the stadium."

The sports commentator Roberto Cuesta, from Rádio Difusora AM, also praised the action of LBV. "The citizen who goes [to the stadium] with the intention of having fun (...) has every right to have this moment of leisure with security. You are to be congratulated. "

"This institution (...) has been for many decades working for the welfare of humanity, serving God, peace, people's lives. The football field is a field that is ideal for passing this message. Football Amazon thanks them. (...) I don't know of a better tool for the social improvement of the sport. Whoever is changed by sports consequently has a life that is further from evil, "emphasized the president of the Fast Football Club, Councilman Ednailson Leite Rozenha.

In Manaus, AM, the Community Centre of Social Assistance, the Legião da Boa Vontade, is located at Avenida Presidente Castelo Branco, 997 - Cachoeirinha. For more information call: (92) 3215- 7930.

[Note: Thanks to Marcos Estrada, the CPNN reporter for this article.]

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[Editor's note.  The following article was sent in to CPNN by Ron Davis, Assistant Coach Cross Country / Track and Field
The Ohio State University. ]

'Lost Boy of Sudan' still running at Northern Arizona
By Bob Baum, AP Sports Writer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Lopez Lomong was 6 years old when, in the dark of night, he and three older boys crawled through a small hole in a fence and ran barefoot for three days to escape their Sudanese rebel captors.

Sixteen years later, in the pines of Flagstaff with a comfortable life he never imagined, he is running still. . .

Next week, Lomong, a sophomore at Northern Arizona University, will be among the favorites in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento, Calif.

"I have to picture myself when I was six years old, running from the death I saw. " he said. "God brought me over here safe and gave me the opportunity and ability to run. . ...more.

This report was posted on June 4, 2013.