Unicaja Malaga's latest One Team project has been declared a big success by the people who should know best: its participants!
Over the last two months Unicaja has spent its fifth consecutive season working with Proyecto Hombre, a local agency which was established in Malaga in 1985 to provide treatment and rehabilitation from drugs and other addictions.
As part of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, Unicaja ran a series of sessions with a diverse group of 19-60 year-olds over an eight-week period between November and January.
The sessions focused on using basketball to find ways to motivate and encourage the participants by integrating them into the activities of the club, as well as planning social events which were also open to friends and family.
And at the end of the project, its impact was measured by an "end-of-season report" which asked the participants how they felt about the activities.
The results were as follows:
Would you like to stay involved with One Team in the future? 84% would like to continue with the program as a volunteer.
I feel that I belong at One Team. I feel like I am part of something, I feel valued. 79% strongly agreed and another 11% agreed.
One Team has helped me to learn new things about people who are different. 73% strongly agreed.
I work well with others during One Team sessions. 79% strongly agreed.
A separate report was also prepared by the medical services team at Proyecto Hombre, detailing the individual progress made by participants during the course of the program.
One member of the group, described as a "23-year-old male patient who is being currently treated because of a psychotic episode due to cannabis consumption," joined One Team after spending time in a psychiatric hospital.
During the first week of the program, the medical services report notes: "He attends with low motivation, no desire to participate in the activities, avoiding eye contact with the rest of the group and talking monosyllabically."
But over the course of the two months, his motivation and engagement improved dramatically, with Proyecto Hombre's report of the final session concluding: "His attitude was again splendid, showing motivation, desire to participate and sportsmanship. His bond with the rest of the group keeps growing…and the good work everyone had done was fundamental in his recovery."
These results once again show the value of One Team, which uses basketball to achieve meaningful social impact in our communities across Europe and is supported by every club in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup, along with Turkish Airlines as the One Team Founding Patron and with the collaboration of Special Olympics as Proud Partner.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has already helped more than 14,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.