Tennis & Friends: prevention is the protagonist at the Foro Italico

A 1960s-style ‘legend’ match in tribute to Nicola Pietrangeli, screening and free check-ups, as well as a ‘conversation corner’ to meet the doctors, many sports, solidarity and entertainment personalities, “ambassadors ” of the event.

Prevention returns to the fore at the Foro Italico in Rome, Saturday May 14, with a Special Edition of Tennis & Friends – Health and Sport, the event born more than ten years ago from the intuition of Professor Giorgio Meneschincheri, specialist in Medicine Preventive and lecturer at the ‘Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

“Being present at an event like Tennis & Friends, in which the health and well-being of people are at the center of everything, is an important signal: once again, the world of sport meets the world of prevention. During our events, visitors, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, can have free visits and targeted screening. Prevention and early diagnosis is a right of the entire population”says Professor Giorgio Meneschincheri.

The Tennis & Friends program

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, in the area adjacent to fields 7 and 8 of the Foro Italico, visitors will be able to carry out screenings and free visits, as part of the health programs organized in collaboration with the Sports Medicine Institute . and Health SpA Volunteer medical specialists will carry out cardiovascular and nutritional check-ups. Also in this edition, the event will feature numerous personalities from sports, solidarity and entertainment. For sport, the Italian champion, Lorenzo Musetti, jumps onto the court, who at only 20 years old, holds the 51st p.

Tennis & Friends extends its solidarity, supporting the Italian Red Cross fundraising campaign for the Ukraine emergency; The Director of Operations, Emergencies and Relief of the Italian Red Cross, Ignazio Schintu, will speak about his experience on the front line: “To date we are certified in the departure of two convoys a week to send humanitarian aid with more than 1,000 tons of goods already delivered,” explains Schintu, speaking of the relentless work that the Italian Red Cross has been carrying out since the early stages of the conflict.

“Tennis & Friends is an unmissable event. It is an event that promotes the culture of prevention, a pillar of the health system and that, today more than ever, must be the center of attention for all of us. After the difficulties linked to the pandemic, it is necessary to vigorously relaunch the screening activities and an event such as this one that allows citizens free access to controls is even more important, because at the same time it promotes, thanks to the numerous related initiatives, a major awareness campaign aimed at citizens of all ages. Finally, I believe that adopting correct lifestyles, in a magical synergy between sport and health, is the best precaution for any type of pathology. So let’s be careful and above all always carry out the recommended controls “, declared the President of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti.

Always solid is the association with the FIT – Italian Tennis Federation, whose president, Angelo Binaghi, will speak for a greeting. Institutional representation is also nourished: the Special Edition will be attended by the President of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti, the Undersecretary for Sport and Youth Policies, Valentina Vezzali, the Capitoline Councilor for Sport, Tourism, Events and Fashion, Alessandro Onorato, the president of Sport e Salute SpA, Vito Cozzoli, the president of CONI, Giovanni Malagò and the honorary president of the event and ambassador in the world of tennis, Nicola Pietrangeli.

“Tennis & Friends is an initiative that is particularly close to our hearts and that we have always supported with passion and enthusiasm, hosting it as part of the Italian BNL International. We are fully aware of how important it is to promote the concept that prevention and sports practice are essential for the health of citizens. Sports activity contributes to assuming a correct lifestyle, both in the training phase and in adulthood, and also plays an important role in terms of prevention. Thanks to its original format and the participation of many sports and entertainment stars, Tennis & Friends represents an ideal event to convey an important message for each one of us”, declared the president of the FIT – Italian Tennis Federation, Angelo Binaghi.

“We are happy to host at the Foro Italico, during the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the extraordinary health prevention campaign ‘Tennis & Friends’, which has been achieving excellent results for several years, raising awareness among the population to adopt correct lifestyles through the promotion of sport in the sense of well-being, health, prevention and a healthier life”, finally affirmed the president of Sport e Salute SpA, Vito Cozzoli, stressing that “sport is health”.

Tennis & Friends will continue its commitment in Turin, September 16-18, where it will be present as the official charity of the Nitto ATP Finals, and in Rome, October 7-9, for the 12th edition of the event.

Among others, in addition to the champion Lorenzo Musetti, Veronica Maya, godmother of the event, Francesco Totti, Max Biaggi, Filippo Bisciglia, Paolo Bonolis, Matilde Brandi, Paolo Calabresi, Vincent Candela, Cristina Chiabotto were invited to ‘take the field’, Roberto Ciufoli , Gigi D’Alessio, Eleonora Daniele, Maria De Filippi, Dolcenera, Anna Falchi, Beppe Fiorello, Tatiana Garbin, Jimmy Ghione, Max Giusti, Edoardo Leo, Alberto Matano, Diego Nargiso, Paola Perego, Andrea Perroni, Carolina Rey, Marzia Roncacci , Monica Setta, Marco Tardelli, Paola Turci, Mara Venier, Bruno Vespa, Filippo Volandri and Adriana Volpe.

Tennis & Friends thanks all its partners, in particular: Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Sport e Salute SpA, Italian Red Cross, Ania Foundation, Joule Eni, Valmora, Head, Robe di Kappa, Vim, Cottarella Family for supporting health and prevention by our side.

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