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The Sisters of Italian volleyball

It was AGIL Volley, the club based in Novara, which won the Italian women’s volleyball championship. Why do we remember this? Because this association is unique of its kind. Not so much and not only because of its name, which is an acronym (A for amicizia [friendship], G for gioia [joy], I for impegno [commitment] and L for lealtà [loyalty]), but rather because it is an association managed entirely by nuns. Its President and CEO is Sr Giovanna Saporiti, while Sr Monica Loro is Vice-President and the team managers are Sr Barbara Bertori and Sr Lorena Garau. Hence four women religious direct and take care of all the club’s organization and competitive activities, from mini-volley to the championship, which involves more than 200 girls of this Piedmontese city. Founded in1984 – then based in Trecate – by Sr Saporiti (like the other Sisters [also called Daughters] of Charity of St Vincent de Paul), over the years the association slowly grew, reaching the summit of national volleyball. Thus the decision made 34 years ago proved a winner: “We had to decide whether to use our waste land to build a home for the elderly, a community for the recovery of drug addicts or a sports centre that would be a meeting place for the young. Sports won the day and the volleyball team was born”, the Sister said.

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