With great pride, Openjobmetis Varese Basketball, renews its commitment this year to promoting the values of basketball and sport in schools by once again starting the project, ‘Basketball: a school of life’, now in its 14th edition.
The Openjobmetis Varese Basketball initiative, sponsored by FIP, CONI and Varese Council begins again with a strong comeback from last year in which there were more than 2,500 boys involved from across the province.
The project is made possible thanks to the contributions of TEVA and Brother Italia, Top Sponsors of the Red & Whites club, and publicised in local schools by the Varese Regional Educational Authority. Behind the scenes, there has always been an objective to promote basketball, a sport that is the symbol of our city and that has made the name of Varese in Italy and in Europe.
This year, Varese Basketball celebrates its 70th anniversary and is further enhancing the initiative with the invaluable support of the Italian School of Life and Corporate Coaching.
The players and supervisors, trained by humanist coaches, will witness the importance of sport in children’s development. ‘Basketball: sport as a training ground for the pursuit of happiness, passion and self-realisation’ is the slogan that the students will carry with them and explore from primary to secondary schools.
Given the high degree of approval in the proposed activities, the blueprint of the project with its main categories of implementation remains the same.
THE PROJECT ‘BASKETBALL: A SCHOOL OF LIFE’ WILL CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:
- School meetings: Openjobmetis Varese Basketball players will visit students in schools. Athletes will provide children with the opportunity to discover first-hand the less visible but more authentic and educational areas of the practice of the sport including dedication, training and continual commitment in achieving objectives, the importance of ethics, fairness and respect for opponents. The meetings will be organised between January and May 2016. They will take place during school hours, Monday or Thursday morning or, where required, on a day during the week from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A foreign language (English) meeting may be requested. In this case, the name of a foreign language teacher contact will need to be provided for organisational purposes at the time of booking. School meetings must be booked at least 15 days before the required date.
- Basketball Live: will be made available to schools who request free tickets (up to a maximum of 100 per game) to watch a live Openjobmetis Varese Basketball matches at PalaWhirlpool.
- Competition ‘The Banner: Between Support and Passion’: schools that are guests at PalaWhirlpool to watch the game are invited to create banners in support of the team, in the spirit of fair and loyal support. The best banner displayed during the season will be awarded a prize at the end of the project.
- Competition ‘Basketball: Sport as a Training Ground for the Pursuit of Happiness and Self-Realisation’: Openjobmetis Varese Basketball, part of the ‘Basketball: a school of life’ project, invites all young students to use their imagination to make creative drawings and writing that have basketball as their focus, according to the areas discussed and topics suggested. The best entries will be awarded a prize at the end of the project. Joining the competition is independent of whether or not the class has joined the ‘Basketball: a school of life’ project with other initiatives.