Panathlon International is an association, which aims to affirm the sport ideal, its cultural and moral values as a means to train and improve humans and to promote solidarity between people and countries. The word "Panathlon" derives from Greek and can be translated with the expression "collection of sporting activities". Present in Italy and in the main Countries across the world, it was set up in Venice on June 12th 1951. After Venice and Brescia, a third Panathlon Club was established in Genoa on May 21st 1952.
As he agreed with the Association's philosophy and values, Ferraro was one of its 15 founders and he remained an active member as long as his health conditions allowed it.