The non-profit organization “art4sport” came into existence in 2009 as a result of the experience of Beatrice “Bebe” Vio. Bebe, a lively girl who was passionate about many things. In 2008, Bebe suffered from fulminant bacterial meningitis, and the disease required that her arms and legs be amputated. Nevertheless, Bebe resumed her favorite sport, fencing, and thanks to this sport and the support of her family, she was able to resume her life too.
At art4sport, we believe that sports can serve as physical and psychological therapy for children and teenagers with physical disabilities. Thus, our mission is to use sports to improve, from a physical, psychological, and social point of view, the quality of life of children and teenagers with artificial limbs.
The art4sport team comprises 18 children and teenagers, ranging in age from 7 to 19. Two members of the team — Bebe Vio (wheelchair fencing) and Veronica “Yoko” Plebani (paracanoe) — have reached competitive levels and won places in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, while the other team members are still working to reach competitive levels.
OUR JOINT MISSION
The non-profit organization art4sport and the Idrokinesis Center have one and the same mission: to use physical exercise as therapy. Although no one would disagree with the fact that physical and psychological wellbeing rely on movement, physical activity, and good nutrition, for some people — such as the members of the art4sport team — physical activity can be very difficult and require a great deal of time and dedication.
The Hydrokinesis Center has made available its therapeutic thermal-water pools to the athletes of art4sport so that they can taste the pleasure of moving freely, effortlessly, and safely.