July 18

Join the Fondazione Milan team!

Help us plan better projects and build new opportunities for the most fragile and marginalised young people in Italy and around the world through sport.

Nelson Mandela International Day is an international day of celebration in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated on 18 July (Mandela’s birthday). This day was declared by the United Nations in November 2009. This day is an occasion to recognise his contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace around the world.

Fondazione Milan shares Nelson Mandela’s values, in particular it reflects his thoughts on the power of sport to change people’s lives:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” Nelson Mandela