As part of Guerreros de Corazón, each tournament we appoint a young person or family with disabilities to represent the team during games and special community events to fulfill their dreams and promote the idea of winning by serving.
For the 2018 Apertura, Carlos Ruiz Acosta, better known as “Charly,” was appointed our young Padrino.
Of the total population of people with disabilities in Mexico, 8.8% are children from 0 to 14 years old.
In Coahuila, children from 0 to 14 years old represent 7.7% of people with disabilities living in the State.
The causes of disability in Mexico are due to illness in 41.3%, advanced age in 33.1%, birth in 10.7% and 8.8% due to accident.
In children with disabilities from 0 to 14 years old, 47.5% is due to causes of birth.
In 2007, Mexico signed and ratified the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities", which entered into effect in 2018.
Charly will turn 14 this year. For four years he ran as a candidate to be the Padrino, where along the way he fought his disability and worked with specialists to improve his speech.
At birth, Charly was diagnosed with mild spastic quadriparesis, hypo-language development and functional class 3 cerebral palsy. At 2 months, a hernia led doctors to detect Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart disease characterized by four malformations.
Charly is passionate about playing soccer, particularly as goalkeeper, as well as video games, games at Estadio Corona, and walking with his family.
“The main reason why I had the illusion of being a Padrino is to deliver the game ball in each home game and have the opportunity to encourage the players, so they never give up,” he declared.
As part of its social responsibility program, Guerreros de Corazón, Club Santos Laguna presented Juan Mateo as Padrino of Santos Laguna for the 2021 Opening Tournament.