Success for the 1st edition of ” WEmbrace sport ”, the charity sporting event organized by Bebe Vio and Art4sport

Success for the 1st edition of ” WEmbrace sport ”, the charity sporting event organized by Bebe Vio and Art4sport
Success for the 1st edition of ” WEmbrace sport ”, the charity sporting event organized by Bebe Vio and Art4sport
(Goigest press office photo)

MILANO – Great success yesterday evening, Monday 25 October, at the Allianz Cloud in Milan for the first edition of WEmbrace sport. An important charity sporting event organized by Bebe Vio and art4sport (www.art4sport.org) – the Association founded in 2009 by Bebe’s parents – and presented by Giorgia Rossi and Martin Castrogiovanni, which saw champions of the Olympic Nationals and Paralympic to compete in four disciplines (fencing, basketball, football and volleyball) in Paralympic mode.

The goal is to promote integrated sport and to demonstrate once again to the public, still entranced by the performances of Tokyo 2020, how the Paralympic sport is in all respects comparable to the Olympic one both from the point of view of spectacle, as well as from the emotional and competitive one. , thanks to the great ability and energy typical of those who practice this type of discipline.

Not surprisingly, with 14 gold, 29 silver and 26 bronze medals, the Paralympic National Team was able to reconfirm the successes of the Olympic expedition. Among the athletes who took part in the evening at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, whose funds raised will go to support the mission of art4sport, Daniele Garozzo – silver medal in fencing at Tokyo 2020 -, the Olympic fencer Mara Navarria, the player of Basket Giuseppe Poeta, volleyball players Cristina Chirichella and Matteo Piano and some legends of Inter and Milan including Javier Zanetti, Walter Zenga, Serginho Santos and Maurizio Ganz. Speeches also by the President of the CIP Luca Pancalli, the President of CONI Giovanni Malagò, the Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala and representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission Maurizio Molinari and Antonio Parenti. Guests who come from different “worlds”, united for one evening by the desire to further cultivate that awareness process on the issue of diversity, which should never be experienced as a limit but, on the contrary, it is increasingly important to learn to recognize it as a unique asset and a right to be protected.

A concept that is also well represented by the name chosen by the event: WEmbrace, in fact, comes from the union of the English words We Embrace, which translated into Italian mean We Embrace. An action that can be carried out with enthusiasm together with another person but which is also to be addressed to oneself. Not surprisingly, embracing one’s limits is the first step in becoming the first advocates of one’s individual love. And it is precisely by taking this step that diversity becomes the means that leads each of us to define the uniqueness of the individual, identifying him. This is how sport, with its values ​​and its social function, becomes the best companion in this path of acceptance of oneself and of those around us.

The event – which was entertained by Da Move – was organized by art4sport with the support of numerous partners and also realized thanks to the contribution of the Department for Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The CIP (Italian Paralympic Committee), CONI, the Municipality of Milan and Milanosport sponsored WEmbrace Sport. Main Partner of the event: Barilla, Toyota, Sorgenia, Nike, Algida (Unilever), Mattel, Costa Cruises, Tommy Hilfiger, Alphazer, Tassoni. With the support of Intesa Sanpaolo. Among the Technical Partners, on the other hand, there were: 21 WOLs, Cantine Ferrari, Sportissimo and Croce Rossa Milano. The media partners of the event were: La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere della Sera, IGPDecaux, Radio Capital, Radio Deejay, DAZN and Telesia.

Finally, the Federations involved were: FIS, FIP, FIPIC, FISPES and FIPAV, with the extraordinary participation of the football clubs AC Milan, FC Internazionale Milano and, for wheelchair basketball, Briantea84. WEmbrace Sport also led the way in another major project in which the Gold of Paralympic fencing is involved: the Bebe Vio Academy (BVA). The BVA is a project conceived by Bebe in partnership with Nike, organized and managed by the art4sport Association. It will be the first Italian academy in favor of inclusive sport with a free three-year program of multi-sport activities aimed at children and young people with and without physical disabilities between the ages of 6 and 18.

The project, which will include five different Paralympic sports disciplines – such as football, athletics, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and wheelchair fencing – will take place in Milan, every two weeks, at the Iseo Sports Center and the Bicocca Stadium. The first Game Time session will kick off the Bebe Vio Academy, scheduled for today, Tuesday 26 October: the first important experiential moment in which children will experiment, having fun, in various sports, also participating in dedicated workshops and meetings with great Olympic and Paralympic champions returning from Tokyo 2020.

The Bebe Vio Academy is a path that will last 3 years with the aim of increasingly promoting knowledge, acceptance and integration of diversity starting from the new generations. Those enrolled in the Academy will then be directed to the reference sports clubs to continue the path started during the training sessions.

The art4sport ONLUS Association (http://www.art4sport.org), which currently has 38 boys, is inspired by the story of Bebe Vio, Paralympic fencing champion. At the end of 2008, at the age of 11, Bebe suffered from meningococcal meningitis which resulted in the amputation of all four limbs. Within a year she returned to her former life and one of the motivating factors that led her to react with strength and determination was her desire to return to her beloved sport. Bebe’s parents then took steps to make this dream come true.

They therefore became aware of the reality of prostheses and sports equipment, all very expensive, for children with limb amputations and encountered an absolute lack of support from the National Health System. Hence the decision to create an Association that would represent a point of reference for Bebe and for other children with the same needs and the same desire: to play sports. art4sport studies, finances and designs prostheses, aids and everything that young athletes need to practice a sport, also supporting them in the search for a sports club that can welcome them and promoting the knowledge and practice of Paralympic sport throughout the national territory .

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