‘#123together’ is the slogan for this year’s One Team program at Turkish Airlines EuroLeague club Brose Bamberg.
Just like last season, the German champion is working with Hugo-von-Trimberg-School in Bamberg and the first sessions took place in November.
The themes for the program are teamwork and fair play, and the activities will include a round-robin basketball tournament with a twist: all the players will change teams before every round.
The club’s head of project Lina Ahlf explained: “We want the kids to learn they can be successful whoever they are playing with, even if their best friend is not on the team!”
The tournament also follows certain rules, such as the players only being allowed to score if their team has passed the ball at least five times before shooting.
Lina Ahlf continued: “We want the kids to develop their team chemistry by passing the ball to everyone on the team. They will also learn a few technical aspects of basketball, such as spacing or the right passing technique.”
The next sessions will take place in the New Year, and Bamberg’s youth coordinator Sebastian Böhnlein summarised: “The kids should have a lot of fun, but they should also learn something about teamwork.
“We want to pass on the values of our professional basketball team – sticking together on and off the court.”
And one player who embodies those values, big man Daniel Theis, is delighted to support the #123together project by acting as the club’s One Team Ambassador.
“The great thing about this project is the fact that it’s not only about basketball, but specifically about what makes our sport so extraordinary,” Theis said.
“With all the drills and exercises in the sessions, the kids learn why teamwork is so important and can then take this knowledge and apply it in their classes or at home.
“I am really happy to be able to be a role model with Brose Bamberg in this project.”
One Team, supported by Turkish Airlines as the One Team Founding Patron and with the collaboration of Special Olympics as Proud Partner, uses basketball to achieve real social impact in our communities.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team programme has reached already directly and indirectly 12,000 participants through its various team projects.