“Sport goes in search of fear to dominate it, of effort to triumph and of difficulty to overcome it”
– Pierre de Coubertin
Global Thinking Foundation (GLT) was born with the mission of promoting financial education, addressing mainly women and vulnerable groups of our society. The Foundation’s commitment is aimed at supporting a culture of conscious savings and the value of money for the economic sustainability of families and economic growth, supporting the global objectives of Agenda 2030 including Goal 8.
Since 2019 Global Thinking Foundation began sponsoring three sport teams, different from each other but equal in spirit and in the mission to spread healthy and responsible economic behaviour through the universal values of Sport and teamwork. This sharing of values gives rise to new opportunities for social inclusion:
to contribute to the development and realization of the person without distinction of age, sex, origins, beliefs and opinions, because Sport is a unique opportunity for action and reflection and to transform our societies guaranteeing a peaceful and supportive future to new generations.
The history of Carpe Diem Calolzio begins in 1985 when some friends decided to build a brand-new sport club. The new basketball sport club has been called “Carpe diem” (which means, precisely, “seize the day”), quoting a verse by the latin poet Horace. Since then, the company has always tried to “seize the day”, while at the same time caring for the future, founding a solid youth sector and animating the BluCeleste Project, aimed at optimizing the basketball resources throughout the Lecco area in the north of Italy.
Carpe diem is affiliated with the Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro- Italian Basketball Federation, with a youth sector and a first team that in 2013 won the Regional C championship.
Maxibasket Donne Milano is a project born almost like a game in February 2018, which immediately had an unexpected success and from which a real senior women’s basketball team born.
The team aims to allow former basketball players, aged between 40 and 58, to train continuously, play matches and participate in tournaments at national and international level with teams of the same age. The team trains once a week under the guidance of two highly experienced coaches: a head coach and an athletic trainer. The colours of the uniform, red and white, recall the colours of the Milan coat of arms. The athletes actively participate in the DONNE AL QUADRATO financial education courses to fully embrace the spirit of the Foundation.
For the 21/22 football season Global Thinking Foundation became Main Sponsor of the Maxibasket Donne, a team we have been following ardently since the 19/20 season! Maxibasket Donne achieved international success: they came fourth in the Over40Basket tournament – held in Valencia, Spain, on 18 and 19 September 2021 – they also won the silver award for the over-50 team! We experienced the greatest satisfaction with them in Zaragoza, where they achieved first place in an international tournament: OVER40BASKET ZARAGOZA ’21!
In 2022 there was no shortage of successes, with the Maxibasket Women winning the final of the Milan Carnival Tournament, where they took first place!
MaxiBasket Women on 1 July in Malaga came second in Europe, made us proud and returned to Italy with the silver medal around their necks.
ASD SALENTO WOMEN SOCCER (SWS) was born in October 2000. It has been a reality deeply rooted in the Salento area for 18 years, made up of a group of girls of all ages, ages 10 and up. In the past years, the ASD SALENTO WOMEN SOCCER has participated in the national championship of series A2 and won the regional women’s football championship for 2 consecutive years and also the Puglia Cup, which for years has played in the national championship of series B.
In December 2019 Women Lecce was born from the marriage with the men’s Serie A team U.S. Lecce and participated in the Serie C, Under 17, Under 15 and Under 12 championships. The team is guided by Coach Vera Indino, who in 2012 obtained the Uefa B coaching license. She has been the coach since 2016, after having played football for 25 years. With the athletes, through webinars and meetings, the themes of the Immaginiamo Sostenibile Project are discussed, creating opportunities for debate on sustainability and civic education.
In the event, the prestigious award won by Lecce Women, the “Grassroots Awards” for “the best women’s soccer development project” will be displayed.
We arrived in Castrignano de’ Greci where our President Claudia Segre awarded ten Giallorossi athletes (from the Under-10s to the Juniores) who distinguished themselves for scholastic and sporting merit: how to reconcile study and sporting passion and do it well.
But it doesn’t end there! In addition to the “Sport and Study Scholarship”, we also gave the girls of the first team reconditioned Apple Watches, thanks to the valuable collaboration of enjoyricondizionati.it, to provide an important aid in measuring sports performance and health.
Now is the time to recognise the right to sport within our Constitution! Training and support with scholarships distinguish our presence here alongside families and girls for full social inclusion also in sport, as a right of all.
Our activities to support women in the sporting world continue apace! We were guests as Match sponsor of the Vero Volley Monza women’s team in a play-off for the Scudetto that saw our volleyball players win three to zero! An exciting occasion to spread the word to more than 4000 sold-out fans in the beautiful Monza arena about the importance of gender equality, women’s empowerment and the value that women bring to the world of sport. To the cry of women and sport a winning combination, we were delighted to have awarded the best player on the pitch and to have met the two winners of our quiz on financial education! This is just the beginning of a wonderful collaboration that continues with Vero Volley Young for the dissemination of financial education to the younger generation.
And here we are in the Gazzetta dello Sport too!