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Jun 3 2024

NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy Hosts 2nd Edition of NRDC-ITA No Limits

On Saturday, June 1st, at the Ugo Mara Barracks in Solbiate Olona, the second edition of NRDC ITA No Limits was held: a day entirely dedicated to the world of sports and disability, where all participants, without distinction, could challenge themselves side by side in various sports disciplines such as soccer, volleyball, rugby, baseball, hand biking, hockey, tennis, baskin, fencing, and many more.

The event opened with welcoming remarks from the NRDC-ITA Commander, Lieutenant General Lorenzo D'Addario, to the military and civilian authorities of the Province of Varese and the municipalities of the Valle Olona, a representation of the local student community, and the numerous athletes and guests from various sports associations who, by participating, aimed to testify and promote the value of inclusivity with their presence.

The event, which was sponsored by the Lombardia sections of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, and the Milano, Varese, and La Malpensa Panathlon Clubs, also featured two exceptional ambassadors: Riccardo Maino and Mattia Allesina, multi-award-winning Paralympic athletes, respectively world champion in artistic gymnastics and European champion in karate.

The significant participation of associations was concrete proof that the shared values of sport, as a useful tool for awareness of one's potential, go well beyond the limitations caused by a disability.

The Armed Forces have always shown their support to personnel who have sustained disabling and permanent injuries or illnesses in the line of duty, whether at home or abroad.

Since the establishment of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy in 2001, charitable events and donations have been organized for the same important causes, benefiting various local associations, demonstrating that the men and women of NRDC-ITA are always ready to intervene, not only in distant crisis areas but also to help the most vulnerable.

This year as well, on the occasion of the second edition of NO LIMITS day, through a charity activity organized by the NRDC-ITA Spouses International Club, the men and women of the Ugo MARA barracks demonstrated their social commitment by donating a trained guide dog for the blind. This dog will be more than just a companion for its recipient; it will be a faithful ally in life, reflecting the belief that every small step toward accessibility is a giant leap toward humanity.

Story by NRDC-ITA Public Affairs Office

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