The 1 st HaBaWaBa Brasil Festival will be held at the Arena of the Water Sports Association (ABDA – Associação Bauruense de Desportes Aquáticos), in the city of Bauru, interior of the state of São Paulo, between December 9 and 13, 2020. In Brazil, the HaBaWaBa Festival, resulting from a contract signed between ABDA and WPD (Waterpolo Development), will include the mixed under-13 category, and teams from all over Latin America and even other continents will be able to participate. The organization of the HaBaWaBa Festival in Brazil is part of WPD´s efforts, together with ABDA, to include the tournament in the official waterpolo calendar of the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
What is HaBaWaBa?
HaBaWaBa is an English acronym that stands for “Happy Baby Water Ball”, words that represent the joy of a child when playing the “game with the ball in the water”. The first HaBaWaBa Festival took place in Italy in 2008 and, so far, 12 editions have been held in that country. ABDA has participated in HaBaWaBa in Italy since 2011, the year the association was created. HaBaWaBa´s mission is to spread the love for waterpolo in the 5 continents, and along with it, the noble values of sport and social interaction. Besides Italy, the HaBaWaBa Festival has already been held in Spain, Greece, North America and Asia. In 2020, it will be in Brazil.
What is ABDA?
ABDA is a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the formation of more worthy citizens through sport as a tool allied to education. The association started its activities in 2010, with few children. Currently, ABDA serves more than 7,000 children and adolescents in the cities of Bauru (state of São Paulo) and Rio de Janeiro (state of Rio de Janeiro). The entity offers waterpolo, swimming, paralympic swimming, track and field, AWD track and field and music. Learn more about ABDA at www.abdabauru.com.br.