Luiss University – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali founded Luiss Sports Association in 1999 and assigned Antonio Bulgheroni as first Chairman. Since 2007, Luigi Abete became Chairman of AS Luiss.
In 1998, Luiss’ sports project started off with the first basketball team, made up of students-athletes who received the four earliest athletic scholarships. Starting from the following season, the team joined the championship in the B-League and all the fifteen students-athletes of the team were awarded scholarships: it was conceived this way the first example in Italy of Dual Career among education and sports.
Basketball has been the first sport practiced in Luiss, followed by women’s volleyball and men’s soccer. In the upcoming seasons, other teams have been created, currently amounting to fifteen, for basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby, rowing, swimming, skiing, athletics, cycling, horseback riding. Over the academic year, students-athletes can take part to several sports tournaments, for instance in the sports disciplines of golf, tennis and soccer.
In the academic year 2016/2017, through Luiss Sport Academy, students are given the twofold possibility of obtaining a managerial education alongside playing new sports disciplines. All Luiss students-athletes can enrol to Luiss Sport Program, which allows them to keep practicing their preferred sports at competitive level, while also attending a top-quality academic curriculum, with the chance of applying for sports scholarships.