Is there a totally inclusive sport? A sport in which everyone, absolutely everyone, can take the field and make their contribution? A sport that smooths out the differences in skill and, indeed, welcomes the differences? Difficult to give a definitive answer, certainly there is one that comes very close. It is called Baskin and, as the word itself suggests, it is a reinterpretation of basketball in an inclusive key: “By adapting the classic rules of basketball, people with disabilities are also allowed to take part in matches with equal dignity and importance as able-bodied”, says Fabio Marzorati, coach of “Azzurra Baskin” and territorial manager for Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta.
But how to put this inclusion into practice? How to realize the beautiful purpose of putting everyone on the same level? By dividing the roles from 1 to 5 according to the skills and predisposition of the individuals: there will therefore be roles 1 and 2 (also called pivot) that will be stationed in their area in the mid-field because they would not be able to withstand the “physical” game. all field; there is role 3 which, although with some difficulty, is involved in the game of movement; up to roles 4 and 5 which are, in fact, able-bodied players. “To allow everyone to be able to have equal importance in the game – continues Marzorati – the principle of counterweights is applied, making the game more difficult for those who are able-bodied and instead facilitating the tasks especially for the most serious disabilities such as for people in a chair. wheels “.
In short, a constant search for balance and personal redemption through the group which, in hindsight, is the true strength of Baskin: “Thanks to this sport, I feel part of a big family – says Irene, role 1 of Cerano Baskin -, a a group that helps me overcome difficulties and limitations “.
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