On Monday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m., the LUISS Villa Blanc campus hosts the official presentation of the new student-athlete who will participate in the LUISS Sport Academy, Serie A soccer player Mattia Caldara.
Starting in September 2018, the young athlete will continue his athletic career while pursuing his education by beginning the LUISS bachelor’s degree program in Economics and Management.
Speakers during the event included: Mattia Caldara, soccer player for Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, Giovanni Lo Storto, LUISS General Manager, Luigi Abete, Presidente LUISS Sport, Roberto Pessi, LUISS Vice Rector in Charge of Teaching, Paolo Del Bene, Director of LUISS Sport, Giuseppe Riso, CEO Gr Sports Agency.
Starting next year, the rising Italian soccer star will participate in LUISS Sport Academy, the program designed for talented athletes that decide to invest in their future both on and off the field. Thanks to athletic scholarships, LUISS has introduced the Dual Career model in Italy for the first time to help promising young athletes to continue their studies.
“Mattia Caldara is a good example both on and off the field,” comments LUISS General Manager, Giovanni Lo Storto. “A high level athlete that invests in his education is a role model for our students. Sports teach us sacrifice and determination as well as how to accept defeat with wisdom and humility. LUISS Sport Academy represents these values through the Dual Career program, preparing athletic champions and prepared professionals.”
The Juventus defender on loan to Atalanta completed his high school dipoma with a score of 93/100 and will study at LUISS thanks to a collaboration between the university and Gr Sports Agency, founded by Giuseppe Riso. “Mattia is special,” explains Riso, “and so is the initiative at LUISS. Awarding a scholarship to Mattia Caldara for athletic merit is a clear demonstration that sport, culture and education can coexist. I am proud that a prestigious university like LUISS chose him for this project and I am equally proud to be his friend and agent. He has an infinite desire to learn and grow while his ambition and hard work on the field will undoubtedly transfer to his university career.”
In addition to Mattia Caldara, LUISS Sport Academy includes Italian sports champions such as Gregorio Paltrinieri, Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 meter freestyle, Filippo Tortu, European Under 20 gold medalist in the 100 meter sprint, Giorgio Avola, Olympic gold medalist in fencing and Chiara Mormile, gold medalist in fencing in the European Under 23 Championship.
LUISS offers scholarships to its top players in ten sports: track and field, bridge, rowing, equestrianism, gold, swimming, basketball, fencing, skiing and tennis. Over 250 students play on the 15 LUISS Sport teams.
LUISS Sport works in collaboration with Gatorade Gruppo PepsiCo, BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo, UnipolSai Assicurazioni and a media parternship with Eurosport.