According to its statutory purposes, through which it aims to promote and conduct initiatives of any nature in the field of sports but also leisure activities and tourism, cultural, recreational and social, the “Foundation Varaldo Di Pietro – Mecenate dello Sport “has planned a series of activities carried out the year 2018.

The first of these consisted of support for Special Olympics International, the organization that deals with training programs and sports competitions for the integration of people with mental disabilities. On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Special Olympics International, which took place in Chicago from 17 to 22 July, the Foundation donated fonds to allow disabled athletes to participate in sporting events.

The Foundation’s initiative is in according with the collaboration already started with Special Olympics Italy and internationally.

The most important event promoted by the association is the “Mecenate dello Sport” award, which aims to award prizes to entrepreneurs, managers, athletes and sports representatives who have distinguished themselves for having contributed actively to the growth of the sport and its most important and universal values. In recent editions, the event has grown considerably, taking on an international dimension, and the goal is to maintain a very high level both in terms of the award winning subject and the organization and the media response of the event. The prize aims to enhance the true and more genuine values of sport understood as a metaphor of life and teaching for the youngest, in which sacrifice, commitment, loyalty, respect for others and rules, the competitive tension as a stimulus for achieving important results, can represent valuable models of reference. The award ceremony took place on October 18, in the Salone of Honor of the Coni in Rome. The award was given to Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna representing the Maison of which she is president.

On 2 August the Foundation participated in the organization of a concert in the island of Ponza, with the Italian American rocker Joe D’Urso and his band. It was a particular initiative, open to the public and non-profit, which renewed the link between the Pontine island and the artist, who has its origins in Ponza where their ancestors lived.

Another activity planned by the Foundation for 2018 was held in the summer, on the date of 14 July: the evening concert, in which the singer Peppino Di Capri celebrated his 60 years of career and paid tribute to the maestro Orazio Di Pietro, an unforgettable musician who taught and loved music to entire generations of Latina, at the same time representing an artist very appreciated both in Italy and internationally. This activity took another important moment, when on 7 December the Foundation promoted the naming of the Sala del Circolo Cittadino to the maestro Orazio Di Pietro. On this occasion a plaque was discovered and a concert was held.

In October 2018, the Foundation took part in another important event: the inauguration in Latina of the first monument, in Italy and in Europe, dedicated to sports “fair play”.

Javier Zenetti received the “Mecenate dello Sport” 2019

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The sport values are taught at school. Like the letters

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Ethical values in sport and modern olympism

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Peppino di Capri live

Huge enthusiasm and success for the Peppino Di Capri concert, on Saturday 14 July 2018 in Latina. The Varaldo Di Pietro Foundation organized this event to commemorate the figure of Orazio Di Pietro, a great Italian musician who died many years ago and who left a great memory for his artistic activity and for having taught many young people to play guitar in Latina. The President of the Foundation, Giovanni Di Pietro, recalled the figure of Orazio with his beautiful…

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Fair Play monumet

On 26 October 2018 the Foundation was the protagonist of another important event: the inauguration in Latina of the first monument, in Italy and in Europe, dedicated to Fair Play. The initiative was carried out in partnership with Panathlon, the international association whose purpose is the affirmation of the sports ideal and its moral and cultural values, as a tool for training and elevation of the person and solidarity among men and of peoples, and whose objectives are certainly close…

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“Orazio di Pietro” entitle

In the presence of the Mayor of Latina Damiano Coletta and a large audience, on December the 7th the ceremony of the “Sala Orazio Di Pietro” entitle was held at the Circolo Cittadino di Latina. “The famous musician and music teacher has returned to his home and will remain there for future memory for those who will pass through here in twenty years” highlight the mayor in his speech when the plaque was discovered at the entrance of the concert…

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