The TAM TAM BASKETBALL association aims to generate a positive impact on the lives of young people and on the development of immigrant communities, with particular attention to social inclusion and equal opportunities through its sport and social activity.
The association wants to give a chance to disadvantaged young people by offering them a healthy sport activity completely free (basketball lessons, participation with teams in youth championships, clothing), group and individual psychological assistance and school assistance (after school).
The association operates on the mouth of the Volturno, on a strip of Campanian coastline. Castel Voltunro, the Italian city with the highest percentage of inhabitants originating from Africa, confronted with serious insertion problems.
The association was born from the passion of the members for basketball, almost all of them former successful players. Americans call it "Giving Back Philosophy", which is the desire to give something back to this community (basketball) that brought them up and trained them. This is why the association operates in a context where young people, almost all of African origin, do not have the opportunity to play sports because their parents' financial situation does not allow them to do so. TamTam Basketball's mission is to generate joy among young people around the values of sport.
The young people of Tam Tam, all children of immigrant origin, although they were born in Italy, are considered foreigners. The Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) provides that in youth championships can not play more than 2 foreigners per team. After several months of "battle" the association succeeded in obtaining a derogation which allows it to play the FIP championships regularly with all its boys.
The media clamor also sensitized the ministers and then the Italian government inserted a standard called "NORMA TAM TAM BASKET". This standard provides that all young foreign minors living in Italy and attending schools for at least one year have the same rights as Italians in championships.
Next year, more than 800,000 young people will benefit! A success that has been talked about all over the world!
The project leader at the Foundation says:
“I am a Sport Leader at the Decathlon Giugliano in Campania store in the province of Naples. I have worked at Decathlon for 14 years and since childhood I have always had a great passion for sports in general, especially for football and other collective sports. When I had the chance to know Massimo Antonelli, former Basketball player of Virtus Bologna and founder of Tam Tam, with his missionary desire to offer joy to children less fortunate than us, I thought that we could continue this battle with him with our Decathlon Foundation.
From that moment it was an emotional feat, with our project we give the possibility to hundreds of young Africans to integrate into our society through the values of sport! We organized weeks of Day Camp (young people, while living in a coastal city, can not swim and for the first time went into the water!), Play days with basketball games in collaboration with my store, workouts, championship games and much more! Thanks to the support of the Foundation, the association was able to buy the sports equipment it needed and a minibus necessary to move young people from their homes to the gym, as there is no public transport in the city. and the distances are important. "
Giuseppe Chianese, Decathlon teammate in Giugliano