Since many years, Apparound has been supporting local associations that are committed to social or environmental projects and initiatives, and this year it decided to support the project of the Dream Volley association of Pisa, created to offer athletes with motor disabilities the opportunity to get involved in sports together with their peers.
For kids, experiencing socialization, fun and – why not – competitiveness, is a valuable opportunity for growth, comparison and integration. But that’s not all: these events also have the parallel goal of raising awareness among kids and adults of a culture of cooperation and team spirit, founding values shared by all Apparound employees.
The Sitting Volleyball Project
Dream Volleyball has been involved in promoting sports for more than a decade, with a focus on social and inclusive aspects. Among the most important activities is Sitting Volleyball – Paralympic Volleyball, a discipline practiced both by people with disabilities and able-bodied people – promoted by the association since its origins in Italy. To play this sport, you do not need the use of any kind of equipment or sports aid: it consists of playing volleyball while sitting on the floor: the playing field is smaller, the net lower. Because of these characteristics, sitting volleyball is promoted as an inclusive sport that promotes integration as well as fun.
As many as 5 Dream Volleyball athletes took part in the Tokyo Paralympics. This is a truly outstanding achievement, considering that Dream Volley in Pisa allows athletes to participate in activities totally free of charge, taking care of training, registration fees, clothing, travel and accommodation.
Efforts that have paid off over time, with the women’s team winning 5 Italian Championships, 2 Italian Cups, a Supercup and a Champions League.
Road to Euroleague 2023
The next particularly challenging engagement will involve Dream Volleyball’s participation in the Euroleague, scheduled for June 8-11 in Katowice, Poland. A very heartfelt event, which will feature the yellow-blue women’s team.
Good luck Dream Volleyball!