Colombian singer Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, unveiled in Miami a plan to create a center for poor children in this South Florida city.

The initiative is a joint project of the artist's Pies Descalzos foundation and the charitable arm of the FC Barcelona soccer club.

The hundreds of reporters drawn to the press conference in the BankUnited Center by the prospect of quizzing the high-profile couple about their relationship were disappointed when organizers announced that Shakira and Pique would not take questions.

FC Barcelona's Carles Puyol and Sergio Busquets were also on hand to publicly support the project, which is expected to benefit more than 28,000 Hispanic children and teenagers in Miami.

"For 13 years I've seen that education is the most efficient tool for changing a child's future and that of his or her family as well," Shakira said.

"In the United States we are more than 54 million Latinos. We're the fastest-growing minority and we need the right tools to develop the intelligence of our Latino kids," she said.

"That can be done through education and if it is with soccer so much the better," the singer quipped.

The goal is to convert a Miami-area YMCA into a sports facility where the values of soccer will be used to help educate poor children and young people.

After the presentation, the players and the singer went outside the BankUnited Center, where they signed autographs and posed for photos with kids from the YMCA.