Katerina Stefanidi, the winner of gold medal in pole vault and top track and field athlete, visited the Hadjikyriakeio Child Protection Foundation in Piraeus, receiving a warm welcome from the 84 girls, 6 to 18 years old, who are being taken care of by the Foundation. The visit is part of the actions of the Stoiximan Tokyo Team, the group of athletes supported by Stoiximan, the largest Greek online gambling company, on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Greek Olympic athlete had the opportunity to share with the girls of the foundation details about her sports career, ranging from her earlier years to the successes of recent years, as well as about her love for sports, her effort to make it to the top once again, in view of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Katerina Stefanidi, mentioned during the visit:
It is very important to meet new people. I consider it the highest duty of the athletes to inspire the young children and to transmit to them the love for sports, the value of effort and perseverance as well as the utmost importance of the Olympic ideal. “I am very happy to be close to these girls today, who hosted me, conveying to me the warmth of the large family of the Hadjikyriakeio Foundation.”
Katerina Stefanidi’s visit took place as part of her sponsorship by Stoiximan and as a prominent member of the Stoiximan Tokyo Team, the team of athletes that the company supports en route to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. By strengthening the sports support program it has been implemented since its launch, Stoiximan supports 17 Greek athletes from a wide range of sports, from rowing and cycling to athletics and shooting, as well as the two National Water Polo Teams (men – women) on their way to the 2020 Olympics.
The corporate social responsibility manager of Stoiximan, Ms. Ioanna Kozadinou, stressed during the visit:
“For Stoiximan, sport and social contribution are two concepts that merge into each other.
In recent years, we have been implementing an expanded sponsorship program to support Greek athletes, while at the same time we have been developing a coordinated action of social contribution, strengthening institutions, foundations and organizations throughout Greece. Today’s initiative is part of the actions on behalf of the Stoiximan Tokyo Team, to spread the high values of sport to young people who need a bigger window of opportunity into the world.”
“Athletes suggest the role models we need, because they are a shining example for our children”, commented the Director of Child Protection of the Foundation, Mrs. Anastasia Katsilieri.
“Katerina Stefanidi has proved this, as she is standing out by her dedication to the goal, discipline, hard work and faith in victory, values very important for our young people. We are proud to have her with us today and we thank Stoiximan for this wonderful gesture”.
The Hadjikyriakeio Foundation for Child Protection is one of the most historic foundations for the provision of child protection services in Greece. It was founded in 1889 and to this very day it counts more than a hundred years of uninterrupted operation and offer of pan-Hellenic scope in the field of child care and protection. Today it hosts girls of different ages, who face problems within their family environment, to whom it provides basic care as well as the supervision of their school homework, the coverage of their learning needs, psychological support, the cultivation of their special skills and inclinations and entertainment, in the most modern manner and with the genuine assistance of scientific and specialized staff.