Colombia’s Yerry Mina is Using his Goal-Scoring Salsa Choke Dance For a Good Cause

Yerry Mina of Colombia celebrates with teammate Juan Cuadrado after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On a team known for their dance moves, Yerry Mina stands apart. The Colombian center-back’s dance prowess was on display when he busted out a few moves to celebrate Juan Guillermo Cuadrado’s goal against Poland, and his dancing got almost as much Spanish press as his soccer skills when he signed for FC Barcelona back in January. His contagious movements to the rhythm of Salsa Choke – the music of choice of the Colombian national team players – have earned him numerous fans. Now, he’s taking it a step further for a good cause.

Earlier this month, Mina challenged Colombians to submit a video dancing to “Caíste en la Trampa,” his favorite song, to raise funds to build a soccer field in his hometown of Guachené. Mina’s foundation, which provides educational and recreational activities for the town’s kids, partnered with the home improvement retailer Homecenter, which will provide the funds.

The submissions got off to a slow start, but have been gaining steam in the last few days, as Colombia approached its first game on the tournament.

Even though he left his town many years ago, Mina remains tightly linked to Guachené, a town of about 20,000 people that is 98% Afro-Colombian. The song for Mina’s campaign is performed by one of his childhood friends, who goes by the name of “Pichi, el Negro de la Salsa,” – a performer who became well-known in Colombia thanks to Mina’s promotion of his songs.

“Caiste en la trampa” is about the day of the Holy innocents on December 28, Colombia’s version of April Fool’s day. In an interview with Spanish daily Marca, Pichi remembered that he and Mina would go out that day in costumes and prank anyone they could find, including the police and the town’s mayor.

The field Mina aims to build with his campaign would benefit 1,400 children in a town where opportunities are slim. And regardless of how Colombia fares this World Cup, they’ll keep dancing to put a smile on Guachené’s kids.