At “Rendiamoci Conto” (Let's Open our Eyes), an event organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of SERMIG (The Young People's Missionary Service), Andrea Agnelli has today spoken of his great respect for the association’s tireless efforts to help those in need.
Joining Agnelli at the round table discussion, held at L’Arsenale della Pace in Turin and hosted by SERMIG’s founder Ernesto Olivero, were Archbishop of Turin Cesare Nosiglia, Division General of the Finance Police Carlo Ricozzi and Marco Testa, president of Armando Testa S.P.A.
The Juventus club president began by stressing the sense of responsibility that founder Olivero has been able to convey through his decades of devotion to the cause, a responsibility that he described as being focused on “care of young people, integration and forward-thinking.”
The fields the two organisations work in may be different, but Agnelli went on to explain that these three concerns are ones that SERMIG and Juventus both share.
“SERMIG’s revolution has always been investment in young people, and a sports club has that responsibility. Our example, the most recent one, is the creation of a school at Juventus Center in Vinovo.
“Integration: the people that come here to L’Arsenale don’t have a race, a colour. And that’s how it is in sport. Juventus’ work in this respect is centred on the “Un calcio al razzismo” and “Gioca con me” projects.
“And finally forward-thinking, the focus of SERMIG when it first began, driven by a virtuous aim. The same aim that should drive us today - in a very difficult moment for our society - in a constant search for improvement.”