Mutua Madrileña promotes integration at the tournament by hiring four hosts with intellectual disabilities.
Mutua Madrileña makes the Mutua Madrid Open an inclusive tournament. For several years now, Mutua has included among the team of hosts that work at the competition several people with intellectual disabilities who belong to the Madrid Down’s Syndrome Foundation. These hosts stand out because they are highly motivated in their work.
Accompanied by experienced hosts who help them and act as their guide at all times, they carry out work with genuine dedication and desire and are completely integrated into the dynamic and the rhythm of work dictated by the competition. Among their jobs are accompanying guests and supporting customer service in the Mutua’s welcome zone and on the insurance company’s games stand.
The initiative means that the Mutua Madrid Open supports development and has a clearly positive impact on those taking part, as can be seen from their own words: “A wonderful experience. I loved being with the rest of the hosts and working”, says José Ramón Santiago, a host at the 2016 and 2017 Mutua Madrid Open.
For her part, Arantxa Romero, also mentions how enriching the experience is: “I loved being at the Open. I wanted to go back and this year I’m working there again. Although it’s a lot of work, I really like it”, she says.
Working alongside the other hosts, as well as the affection they receive from everyone are other noteworthy aspects: “Everyone treats us very well. I met a lot of people and I really liked the work”, says Clara Lillo, a hostess at the 2015 and 2016 Mutua Madrid Open.
Support for Project Hope
The Mutua Madrid Open also allows Mutua Madrileña to carry out several social initiatives. This year, as in previous years, Mutua is selling hats and charity tickets for the raffling of a racquet signed by a professional tennis player in order to raise funds for Proyecto Esperanza, an initiative of the Congregation of the Adoratrices, which is an integral support programme for female victims of trafficking. Among other aid, the programme offers them safe housing and psychological, medical and legal care. It both looks after the victims and raises awareness of and condemns this modern form of slavery and the serious violation of human rights that comes with it.