Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee to sponsor restoring YMCA San Juan in Puerto Rico and help local sports development

Puerto Rican-born singers Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee pledged to donate the proceeds from their performance tours to help fund this community initiative to restore the San Juan YMCA sports complex.

Puerto Rican-born salsa artist Marc Anthony and his Maestro Cares Foundation announced Wednesday that they have partnered with reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee to restore the San Juan YMCA sports complex.

Construction of the project, located in the San Juan sector of Santurce and marks the third initiative in Puerto Rico for Maestro Cares, is scheduled to begin this fall and will take a year to complete, according to a press release.

Once rehabilitated, the 10,000-square-foot structure – devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017 – will provide much-needed space for at-risk youth who have also been affected by the pandemic.

“Any opportunity we have to empower youth is a blessing.”

Marc Anthony

Our community represents one of the richest and most vibrant in Latin America, and both Daddy Yankee and I are fortunate to call Puerto Rico our island home,” Anthony said in the release.

We hope that our contributions can help and contribute positive and healthy platforms for our youth and even inspire others to become better citizens of the world,” he added.

Anthony and Daddy Yankee pledged to donate the proceeds from their performance tours to help fund this community initiative.

Daddy Yankee, self-described “El Jefe” of reggaeton, recently kicked off his farewell tour, “La Ultima Vuelta,” while Anthony began his “Viviendo” tour on Oct. 27 in Las Vegas.

“The work that Maestro Cares (foundation) is doing inspires me, and I am honored to participate in this incredible project,” added Daddy Yankee in the release.

“Having grown up in Santurce, it was important for me to give back to my community. I am confident that this project will help build a better future for our children,” he said.

The new structure will serve as a state-of-the-art facility that will offer vulnerable youth a place to participate in various sports, such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, and soccer, and host various community events.

The space will also serve as a hurricane resilience center for the community, which has yet to recover from the natural disasters that have devastated the island in recent years.