Juventus Social Projects Awarded by UNESCO

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Andrea Agnelli will present the club’s successful anti-discrimination projects to a 1,000-strong audience at UNESCO’s International Human Rights Day on Monday 2 December in Paris

Juventus Football Club’s unwavering commitment to tackling all forms of discrimination will see its two pioneering pro-integration projects – ‘Un Calcio Al Razzismo’ and ‘Gioca Con Me’ – presented at UNESCO’s International Human Rights Day in Paris.

The event, to be held at the United Nations agency’s French headquarters on Monday 2 December, falls eight days before the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Bianconeri’s social initiatives beat off stiff competition from other European and North American entries to be chosen by a judging panel as the only scheme in that particular category.

This means the club will be joined by nine other candidates in outlining its proposals to a 1,000-strong audience of 18 to 35 year olds. The remaining projects hail from four additional regions: Africa, Latin America-Caribbean, Arabic-Asia and Pacific.

Representing Juventus on the day will be president Andrea Agnelli, who is to be joined at the auspicious occasion by a member of the first-team squad and 50 youngsters whose determination has helped make the initiatives such a roaring success.

Un Calcio Al Razzismo (Kick Out Racism), established in 2009, helps groups of 18 to 25 year olds from Italy and abroad, volunteer ONLUS (non-profit) associations from the Piedmont region and upper secondary institutions to set up pro-integration, anti-racism projects.

Meanwhile, Gioca Con Me (Play With Me), developed in collaboration with Turin’s UNESCO Center – under the patronage of UNESCO Italy – offers children who are at risk of social marginalisation the chance to join Juventus Football Club academies. [Source: Juventus.com]

Karl Lusbec