Great success in Italian schools for the competition for ideas for the Games Mascot 2026. 1,600 project proposals arrived from all over the country

Great participation of the first cycling schools from all over Italy in the idea competition “The School for the Mascot of Milan Cortina 2026”, promoted by the Ministry of Education – Directorate General for Students, Inclusion and School Guidance – together with the Milan Cortina Foundation 2026.

Schoolgirls and students represented through the drawings their ideas about mascots, which will be a source of inspiration for the choice of the pair of characters, Olympic and Paralympic, which will become the iconic symbol of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Milan Cortina 2026 and their values ​​worldwide.

The members of the schools concerned all Italian regions involves in total, 81 provinces. Is approximately 400 applications for membership And 1600 project ideas receipts, 681 are then the participating classes And 82 institutes’ collective authors of the drawings. A participation that directly involved students and pupils in a process that, based on the principle of mutual cooperation, led to the sending of thousands of ideas.

Now we are moving towards the end of the evaluation phase of the projects, carried out by a special commission, which has led to the identification of ten couples suitable to continue the path, which will end with the selection of the two that will be developed and presented to the public for the final vote.

Three years after the award to Italy of the Milan Cortina 2026 Games, which took place on June 24, 2019 in Lausanne, therefore, the participation of the Italian school in the Olympic and Paralympic events, held from February 6, 2026, comes to life. As already announced on 24 June 2021 by the minister Bianchi and the top management of the Milano Cortina2026 Foundationon the occasion of the formalization of the memorandum of agreement between the Ministry of Education and the organizing committee, the schools will be at the center also of future initiatives, education, culture, training and promotion of the values ​​of sport linked to the Games.

“The school is the place where female students, guided by their teachers, transform ideas and intuitions into collective projects. This is the intention of the competition: to collaborate with the school not on a simple design, but on a design path where the students participate together with the Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation in the creation of a symbol that characterizes the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the mascot. A project that is a true educational path to the educational values ​​of sports, especially to winter sports, their history and their territory “, declares Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi.

“It touched me deeply – he declares Giovanni Malagò, President of CONI and of the Organizing Committee of Milan Cortina 2026 – the enthusiasm with which pupils, students and teachers responded to our appeal by participating in the idea contest for the Olympic and Paralympic mascots of Milan Cortina 2026. A great involvement of the Italian school in the wake of an indissoluble link between the world of education and the world of sport. Our sincere thanks go to Minister Bianchi and all the employees of the Ministry of Education who accompany us on this journey”.

To Vincenzo Novari, CEO of the Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation: “This synergy between the school world and the upcoming Winter Olympics and Paralympics shows the importance of team play. This is a first big step on the road that will lead to the Milano Cortina 2026 Games. With the Ministry, in the wake of the memorandum of understanding signed in June 2021 with Minister Bianchi, a discussion is underway on a number of opportunities and activities educational programs to offer our female students and our students in the post-pandemic period. Always – Novari concludes – the Games have been a source of inspiration and a reference model that puts sport to the benefit of society in order to build a better future for the new generations”.

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