La Liga Club Real Betis Set to Continue Annual Ritual for Underprivileged Kids As Christmas Nears

La Liga Club Real Betis Set to Continue Annual Ritual for Underprivileged Kids As Christmas Nears

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Real Betis have remained one of La Liga’s foremost clubs since the turn of the century
  • The Seville-based club have a festive tradition it carries out annually
  • Los Verdiblancos are set to carry out this act in their clash against Girona

Every individual looks forward to receiving a gift during the festive season each year.

Unfortunately, some are not fortunate enough to partake in the joy of gifts and festivities due to financial constraints or other circumstances preventing them from having a Christmas present.

It is disheartening that many underprivileged children go without presents, but some compassionate individuals and entities strive to bring smiles to every child's face.

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Fans of Real Betis throw stuffed toys onto the pitch for charity which will be collected and given to children after the game during the La Liga match against Real Sociedad. Image: Fran Santiago.
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One such entity is La Liga club Real Betis, which has gained recognition not only for its stylish play but also for its commitment to making a difference.

In recent times, the Andalusian club has redefined football at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, treating fans to a spectacular display regardless of the manager in charge.

Beyond their on-field prowess, Real Betis have endeared themselves to fans worldwide by ensuring that every child receives a Christmas present—a tradition that has become synonymous with the Verdiblanco spirit.

Betis Christmas tradition

Initiated in 2018, as reported by The Guardian, this Christmas tradition involves the club's efforts to provide presents for underprivileged kids. Fans attending the final home game before Christmas are encouraged to bring cuddly toys and plushies — no larger than 35cm and without batteries.

These items are tossed from the stands to the pitch or placed in blankets for volunteers to collect during halftime.

Thanks to the dedication and support of the fans, Real Betis collects over 14,000 soft toys annually through this heartwarming tradition.

The club has once again taken to social media, urging fans to bring plushies to the final fixture of 2023 against Girona, to distribute them to underprivileged children during the festive season.

Real Betis' commitment to this charitable initiative stands out as a remarkable festive tradition among sports clubs globally. While the club ensures the happiness of children with Christmas presents, they also aspire to gift their fans a perfect present— a victory when they face Girona in their final fixture of the 2023 calendar year.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).