Since the novel Coronavirus has spread outside China, Italy has been one of the worst affected countries in the deadly pandemic. There has been over 24,000 deaths till date, the second highest death toll in the world. Going through such a rough time, there has been, however, one cheerful news out of all the tragic ones has emerged from the country. A kid’s drawing on depicting humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 virus has been adopted by Italian club Pescara to be used on their jersey for the next season!
With all sports activity now halted in Italy due to the virus outbreak, Pescara, who compete in the Serie B, organised a drawing competition termed “Design the Special Jersey of the Dolphin” for their young fans, who are now confined in their homes due to the nationwide lock down.
With the motto of “give a kick to Covid-19”, the drawing competition’s winning design was announced to be featured on the club’s jersey in the upcoming season.
The competition received numerous inputs, but the drawing of Luigi D’Agostino, a six year old boy has been voted as the winner. The design, where a dolphin, the club’s official symbol, is seen coming out of the sea to hit a football, with a huge rainbow in the backdrop of the picture.
The beautiful drawing, and its design on the club’s first team jersey was shared on Pescara’s official Twitter handle.
👕🐬🥇Questa splendida maglia disegnata dal piccolo #Luigi è stata la più votata nel contest "Disegna la maglia Special del Delfino".
Complimenti a tutti i partecipanti 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/NBpYjU3uqC
— Pescara Calcio (@PescaraCalcio) April 19, 2020
Pescara’s kits are manufactured by Italian sports equipment company Erreà, which also felicitated Luigi’s spectacular design. “We will make the winning jersey,” the company was quoted on the club’s official website. The young boy has also received an invitation to spend a day at the Erreà’s headquarters in Torrile, Parma.
Along with being the first team kit, the jersey will also be available for the supporters to purchase.
Founded in 1936, Pescara has won two Serie B seasons, in 1986-87 and again in 2011-12. They have competed in seven Serie A seasons, last in 2016-17, the year when they were relagated to Serie B. Their home ground is the Stadio Adriatico – Giovanni Cornacchia.