Mbaye Sarr and Oumar Sylla with Matteo Venzi and Andrea Gelli | Credit: Rolling Dreamers
Mbaye Sarr and Oumar Sylla with Matteo Venzi and Andrea Gelli | Credit: Rolling Dreamers

Two young migrants in Italy are training for triathlon contests with the help of a project supported by the Tuscan region to promote social inclusion and employment through sport.

Mbaye Sarr and Oumar Sylla are currently training to participate in the triathlon competition Santini Trio Senigalllia scheduled for July 22 in Ancona. Helping them get ready are trainers Matteo Venzi and Andrea Gelli. The two Italians founded of Rolling Dreamers, a club for cyclists, runners, and triathletes.

Sarr and Sylla, a 34-year-old from Senegal and a 19-year-old from Guinea, are taking part in the 'The Human Factor - The Freedom Way,' a project supported by the Tuscan region to promote social inclusion and employment through sport. The project has enabled the two young men to learn how to swim and to ride a bike, and to perfect their running. 

Inclusion through sport 

"Sport is a natural tool to create connections," said Tuscany's councilor for sports, Stefania Saccardi. "[This] one of the many [projects] that are launched by people in our region who have decided to work seriously to enable the many people who are in a delicate situation to have a future." 

'The Human Factor - The Freedom Way' is part of 180 projects which have been granted a total of one million euros in funding by the Tuscan region in 2017. The goal: To support initiatives by non-profit groups for those in need. The money supports to kinds of projects: 1 two sectors: firstly, initiatives by non-profit organizations to promote inclusion and to prevent social problems, and secondly, summer vacations for kids and teens under 18.Credit : Rolling Dreamers
 

More articles