The Francesco Ludovico Tedone Association was founded in November 2016, in Corato (BA), in memory of Francesco, a young victim of the railway accident that occurred on 12 July 2016 between Corato and Andria. Francesco was an optimistic and eclectic guy, who had just returned from a year of studies in his beloved Japan, where he cultivated his love for the Japanese language and culture, of which he especially loved the video game and anime and manga side, but where he also developed new interests, such as badminton. Francesco wore out the soles of his shoes to learn. He got to know unimaginable people, smells, tastes and experiences, and his desire was to enthusiastically bring all this back to Italy: 'bring a little bit of Japan to Italy and a little bit of Italy to Japan'.
The aim of the association is therefore to encourage people to follow their dreams, just as Francesco had followed his own, and it was set up with the intention of promoting art, music, culture and sport. It was founded by Angela Iodice, Vincenzo Tedone and their children Natale and Tiziana, as well as Francesco's family, with the common belief in the fundamental importance of recreational and sporting activities in the life of the human being: they promote social ties, greater self-esteem and psychological well-being, essential factors for individual development as they encourage self-expression, communication and social integration, increasing individual and collective resilience.
The Association's mission is to build a "citadel of sport and art", a sort of sporting and cultural agora that will act as a meeting point for the city's life in the area, as well as to realise Francesco's dream of somehow mixing the two cultures by twinning with Oita, his host city, recognising the importance of intercultural dialogue. The path is still very long and demanding, but the Association, which has been active for a few years now, has already taken the first steps towards these goals, through various initiatives and events, the most important and memorable of which is the Komorebi.