Entain Foundationa non-profit organization established in 2019 to coordinate and support the CSR initiatives of the Entain Group, today announced the winning associations of the first edition of its CSR Award, the prize born to support the realities of the third sector and social cooperatives engaged daily throughout Italy in the development of social inclusion projects, in particular through sports.
The award ceremony was held today in Rome, at Palazzo Wedekind, following a discussion between representatives of the institutions and sport which saw the participation of Andrea Abodi – Minister for Sport and Youth; the Hon. Marco Perissa – secretary of Commission VII – Culture, science and education and National Councilor of CONI as Representative of the Sports Promotion Bodies; Alessandro Onorato – Councilor for Major Events, Sport, Tourism and Fashion of Rome Capital; Vito Cozzoli – President and Chief Executive Officer of Sport e Salute SpA; Luca Toni – footballer, television commentator and supporter of inclusion projects through sport and Andrea Faelli – CEO of Entain Italia.
The debate focused on actions necessary to enhance the synergies between the public, private and third sectors in order to make the results of projects aimed at guaranteeing social inclusion through the practice of sport more and more effective. A total of ten project proposals reached the Entain Foundation for this first edition of the CSR Event. The projects “The Wheels“The Romanes’ Rugby Camp,”The great relay” of Objective 3 and “A point beyond the barriers” of Club Schermistico Partenopeo were selected for their characteristics of innovation, internationality and the impact of the effects on the territory.
However, given the quality and high social impact of the projects presented, the Foundation has decided to support them all with a total funding of around 250 thousand euros. In detail, the awarded projects are: “I Wheel” Rugby Camp by I Romanes provides for the creation of a highly specialized camp aimed at 15 wheelchair rugby players with the aim of professionalizing the athletes and making the participants aware of the issues of “Diversity & Inclusion” of the Castro Rugby Academy summer camp.
Objective 3’s “La grande relay” is a traveling event involving dozens of disabled athletes in a relay around Italy to spread the message of inclusiveness, with the aim of reaching Paris in 2023. “One point beyond the barriers” of Club Schermistico Partenopeo wants to make the gym fully accessible to people with disabilities with the aim of organizing a fencing course and an innovative competition integrating disabled and able-bodied athletes. “Simon’s adventure” by ASD Adriana, which through the use of a comic book as educational material aims to make children reflect on the issues of disability, friendship, school, the importance of cultivating passions and targets.
“Mixed padel” by ASD Sportinsieme is focused on the organization of a padel tournament whose teams are made up of athletes with disabilities who play together with able-bodied athletes from different European countries. It is also an opportunity for dissemination and training for coaches. “Joy Nature 2023” by Sport Senza Frontiere provides for the organization of residential camps, weekends in nature, educational workshops and sports activities for disadvantaged children and adolescents. “A sea of opportunities” by Life Onlus is a project aimed, through the recovery and restructuring of a boat, at the creation of an innovative itinerant training, aggregation and meeting academy. Participants will be able to practice water sports and will be trained and sensitized by experts on issues relating to the sea and the environment. “The Territory of Sport, Sport in the Territory: Social Educational Sports Program” of Team Volley Lago has a dual purpose: sports education in schools and the practice of sitting volleyball, i.e. Paralympic volleyball, in the association’s gyms.
“Running autism” of Progetto Filippide wants to offer the opportunity to participate in afternoon sports activities to groups of ten children affected by autistic spectrum disorders accompanied by ten operators/instructors. “Move up!” of Sportfund wants to set up weekly climbing and trekking courses for disabled people, train technicians and promote the activity among fragile and disabled people.
“We are proud to support ten high-value projects that will have a positive impact within the communities where we operate. With the Entain Foundation we have been alongside the associations involved in the territories in which we work for several years, convinced that this approach to work is the best to guarantee the real sustainability of economic activities and a better future for future generations.” he said Andrea Faelli, manager of the Entain group in Italy.