In March 2022, the Virtus Basket Padova basketball team and Buzzi Unicem entered an important partnership based on their common values, and in which our company has committed to sponsor the black-green club from Padua and actively participate in initiatives planned for the near future.
"Sharing a common passion, we are pleased to be actively involved in an ambitious and innovative project that goes beyond traditional sponsorship, believing in the importance of supporting our children in their growth and development, especially as we emerge from the pandemic situation", commented Antonio Buzzi, Chief Operating Officer of Buzzi Unicem’s Cemento Italia division.
The whole thing kicked off with an evening organized at the Monselice plant to present the project to the local teams, and also inform some of them about the stakeholder engagement policy that Buzzi Unicem has undertaken for several years in various social areas.
The meeting concluded with an important "save the date" for May 29, 2022, on which we organized a Sunday full of sport and fun with the first "AEuganeus Basketball Party". Over one hundred mini-basketball players from various teams in the Lower Padua area participated in the event as they competed throughout the day in a tournament on the four courts set up specifically for them in the bagging department.
As well as watching their children from the stands, the 350+ family members also had an opportunity to visit the plant under the guidance of our staff to learn more about the cement production cycle. A minibus took the adults and children to the raw materials storage areas, the chemical laboratory and the educational kiln.
In the afternoon, our guests also saw two performances by the Tamburini of the Augusta Contrada di Marendole, a drum corps that for several years has won the top award in the historical parade of the Palio di Monselice, and were able to participate in several creative workshops led by the talented Carolina Guzman from the Alidarte Cultural Association, a partner of ours for several years.
All the participants were very appreciative of the event and hospitality provided by the Virtus Basket Padova team and the plant.
The captain of the first team "Antenore Energia Virtus Padova", Federico Schiavon, the playmaker from Umana Reyer Venezia, Andrea De Nicolao, and the president of Assindustria Venetocentro, Leopoldo Destro, attended the event.
The day ended with a quiz on the cement production cycle for the children, a charity basketball shooting competition for the grownups, and a warm goodbye until next year!