Vila Olímpica is the community center for one of the oldest top samba schools, Mangueira. Located at the foot of the Mangueira favela, this facility far exceeded what we had imagined such a center to be. We are so grateful to Mangueira for inviting us into their community and allowing us a very personal understanding of just how powerful a place like this is for a community. This community center not only is the home base for weekly music and dance reversals related to Carnaval, but it also includes everything from a medical facility, a library, multiple sports facilities, all levels of primary school, and a trade school as well. And as you can see, all prominently clad in their school colors of pink and green.