"The CalciaStorie" national project launched by the Lega Serie A and UISP to spread amongst the youth a culture of integration and tolerance through football makes a stop in Milan.
Wednesday, March 4 at 10 am, at the "Giuseppe Parini" High School the leading students of fourth and fifth year gathered along with Franco Baresi, the historical AC Milan defender and spokesman for Milan Foundation and Carlotta Moratti, president of Inter Campus, which actually deals with projects of social relevance in Italy and abroad.
The initiative was moderated by Pasquale Coccia, professor of the High School and sports reporter for Alias, also participating were: Alberto Elia, Marketing Office Lega Serie A, Carlo Balestri, Head of International UISP, Giuseppe Soddu, Dean of the Parini School, Mico Curatolo and Francesco Mapelli, local representatives of the project.
A valuable cue was offered by the intervention of Matteo Marani, Director of Guerin Sportivo and author of the book "From the Scudetto in Auschwitz," which tells the story of Arpad Weisz, a coach of Hungarian Jewish descent, born April 16, 1896, who was in charge of Inter and guided Bologna to two championships between 1935 and 1937. Weisz, after the promulgation of racial laws, was forced to flee to Paris and then in the Netherlands. From there, after the Nazi occupation, he was deported to Auschwitz, where he died with his family in 1944. The students will address the issue of discrimination through the use of multimedia material, archival research, interviews and narration of individual episodes or lifetimes of players, coaches, clubs that have faced various forms of discrimination in their lives.
"The CalciaStorie part of the initiatives is strongly promoted by the Lega Serie A to combat the scourge of racism and discrimination in our society,” said President of the Lega Serie A, Maurizio Beretta. “The history and memory are the basis from which to start, and in this sense football is always an exceptional tool for communication and awareness. It will help us to get closer to the new generations to highlight important values such as integration and tolerance."
"The CalciaStorie - Stories from the deep integration of football", is promoted by Lega Serie A, Italian Union Sport for All (Uisp), Italian Footballers' Association (AIC), SKY, Telecom and Panini, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, and will involve all 15 Italian cities headquarters of the clubs of the Serie A TIM. The backing for the project will use funds under fines imposed by referees during the Serie A TIM.