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Teaching Community Through Capoeira in Hardscrabble Rio Slum

Manoel Pereira Costa is a star on this sprawling mountainside in Rio de Janeiro. No matter the nook or cranny, neighbors are eager to greet him anywhere he goes in maze-like Rocinha, one of the biggest and best-known slums, or favelas, that dot the city landscape. As Rio geared up to host the first-ever Olympics in South America, bringing all manner of sport to a country best known for soccer, Costa has been revered for helping local youth in the troubled neighborhood through capoeira,...

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