Juventus Football Club’s ‘Kick Out Racism’ charity project, launched in 2009 in collaboration with UNESCO, today awarded two study grants to youngsters between the ages of 18 and 25 who have set up pro-integration, anti racism initiatives.
This year’s winners, Alessandro Ciquera and Enrico La Forgia, were this afternoon presented with their cheques for €2.500 at the club’s head offices in Corso Galileo Ferraris.
Ciquera’s project pledges to offer support to children and families of the travelling community, while La Forgia’s initiative promotes after school activities geared towards children of immigrants with particular disadvantages.
In addition, the ‘Associazione Nazionale Oltre le Frontiere di Biella’ (A.N.O.L.F.) was also handed an award for its focus on helping young refugees in need of support.
In March, club president Andrea Agnelli showcased the club’s ‘Kick Out Racism’ – a scheme united with ‘Play With Me’ – project during the ‘Education, Sport and Cultural Diversity – New Ways to Promote Human Rights in The World’ seminar at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
These initiatives beat off stiff competition to be chosen by an independent judging panel as one of nine projects for presentation.
Speaking in front of a 1,000 strong crowd in the French capital, Agnelli underlined Juventus’ firm commitment to tackling the issues of racism and social exclusion, citing the importance of educating the future generation in the values of respect and fair play.
The club’s link with UNESCO has been strengthened even further by last week’s confirmation of two new projects: the visit of Real Madrid’s Leyendas team for the UNESCO Cup on 2 June, from which all proceeds will be donated to child soldiers affected by conflicts in Mali and the Central African Republic, and a pioneering research study designed to dig deeper into the subject of social discrimination in sport.