“Por la Salud si se Juega” 2014

With the completion of the new Maria Auxiliadora basketball court, and joining the initiative of Michelle Obama (2010 and recently Irma Garrido (2013), America Developing Smiles recognizes that the obesity problem in Puerto Rico is even greater than in the United States. In the United States, recent studies agree that about a third of children are in the range of obesity or overweight.

In Puerto Rico, the most recent data (2007) indicate that children between 2 and 5 years of age participating in the program WIC, “reveal that 39% are obese or are at risk of obesity.” We are experiencing an epidemic nationally and internationally. If awareness is not raised and steps are not taken to solve this problem in the immediate future, these children will be destined to suffer from diabetes and increase the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, cancer and experience psychological problems from an early age.

“Por la Salud si se Juega”

For Health If You Play is an interdisciplinary program organized by America Develping Smiles with the objective of trying to solve the health and nutrition challenges that the children of Puerto Rico already experience. Supporting individual and governmental initiatives, ADS has chosen the María Auxiliadora school in Villa Palmeras in Santurce to implement “Por la Salud si se Juega”.

This program seeks to promote that children are more active by adding sports and recreation activities during their extended hours, eliminating leisure and the problems that arise when being on the street. It also ensures that parents or representatives have more options and more information on choosing the best foods and their preparation.

We believe that only by making small changes, providing more information, giving choices and motivating parents and guardians, can we make a difference and create a healthier future life for these children.

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America Developing Smiles of PR (ADSPR) is a nonprofit organization with federal status as a 501(c)3 and registered with the Department of State in Puerto Rico. Since 2007, a group of women volunteers from ADSPR embarked on a charity, love, and leadership mission to work for Puerto Rico’s most challenging social causes.

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Donations are deductible at 100%!

The tax reform of 2011 introduced significant changes for individuals and corporations who want to make donations to nonprofit organizations.

100% of donations paid during the taxable year may be considered nondeductible contributions on your return.

To qualify:

Eligible organizations must be classified as non-profit entity by the Department of Finance.
Individuals may deduct 100% of donations made up 50% of your adjusted gross income
Corporations and companies may deduct 100% of donations made up 10% of your income

¡Las donaciones son deducibles al 100%!

La reforma tributaria de 2011 introdujo cambios significativos para las personas físicas y jurídicas que desean realizar donaciones a organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

El 100% de las donaciones pagadas durante el año contributivo pueden considerarse contribuciones no deducibles en su declaración.

Para calificar:

Las organizaciones elegibles deben estar clasificadas como entidades sin fines de lucro por el Departamento de Finanzas.
Las personas pueden deducir el 100% de las donaciones constituidas por el 50% de su ingreso bruto ajustado.
Las corporaciones y empresas pueden deducir el 100% de las donaciones constituidas por el 10% de sus ingresos

Special Projects

America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico also develops different initiatives searching for support from private, governmental, and nonprofit organizations to raise funds, help our extracurricular educational program and strengthen our organization’s mission with co-operative alliances and workshops.

Supporting the Arts

We’ve always supported art initiatives because studies have shown that practicing art from an early age benefits a child’s learning and cognitive process. It helps their writing, reading, and general understanding. As a result, we’ve established “Arts and Smiles,” our very own prevention and early intervention program for young children and children who are at risk, so that we can prevent future juvenile delinquency and other social problems of our society.


The construction project for Colegio María Auxiliadora’s new basketball court rooftop promotes a fun and healthy environment for the children. It also helps promote a better community and school integration with preventive politics and social control. 

Join our efforts in promoting fun educational projects and activities that encourage even more recreational habits in the community, like teaching healthy and appeasing practices that increase every individual’s social and cultural growth.