This week, the US Embassy to the Holy See and the Vatican sports association “Athletica Vaticana” welcome two professional athletes, Andrea Samson and Anderson Good. They are professional padel athletes from the United States. The US Embassy and “Athletica Vaticana” announced that the multi-day meeting with the athletes was about a concrete experience under the sign of the most authentic sporting values.
At a meeting of diplomats and sportsmen at the Vatican, they want to talk about the topics of inclusion, brotherhood and solidarity. Exchange moments take place throughout the week – Monday to Friday. It is according to the plan tuesdayNovember 14, at the “Villa Bambili Padel Club” in Rome, a meeting with young people with disabilities – especially Down Syndrome and Autism – Andrea Samson and Andersson Good is planned with two clubs.
The two athletes will meet people welcomed by Caritas in Rome, students of the Institute for the Deaf and diplomats. Matches are also scheduled in the afternoon.
In this Wednesday, November 15, participants will attend a general audience with Pope Francis; At ThursdayNovember 15, Andrea Samson and Anderson Good visited “Magarotto”, an educational institute for the deaf in the suburbs of Rome, to talk about the problems of getting to know deaf students personally and including them through sports passion.
At FridayOn November 17th, two American athletes, together with the “21 Luglio” club, will visit a community center converted from a former hay barn in Tor Bella Monaca, a tough district on the outskirts of Rome: the focus of the meeting is on empowering young women and how sports can contribute to social development in the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Organizers said it could be a real tool.
“Sport Diplomacy” is an initiative of the US State Department: athletes and coaches from various sports associations work with embassies and US embassies around the world to promote sports culture as an experience of unified solidarity, especially among youth. Spread diversity. In this context, the Sports Ambassador Program highlights athletes who have personally championed the fundamental and true values of sport. More than 300 “Sports Ambassadors” representing 24 different sports have so far participated in this international social and cultural promotion initiative.
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Through this initiative, the US Embassy of the Holy See and “Athletica Vaticana” share and renew the vision of sport proposed by Pope Francis as a tool to create and ensure friendship and unity among people in the spirit of “team”. No one is excluded or left behind. Patel in particular is an inclusive sports experience, so people with physical and mental disabilities and those staying at the Caritas reception centers in Rome have joined the initiative. “Athletica Vaticana” is also an official member of the International Patel Federation.
(Vatican News – mg)
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