Real Madrid's second One Team meeting brought together students with different abilities who are participating in the Endesa-backed projects and gave them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet two of the club's star players. One Team is Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, and more than 120 pupils attend the Real Madrid Foundation's adapted basketball schools.The One Team schools are run in collaboration with Endesa, and last Friday they all came together to meet with rising stars Luka Doncic and Dino Radoncic.
The participants at the 10 adapted basketball schools, run by the Real Madrid Foundation in the Community of Madrid for those with varying abilities, were overcome with excitement at the chance to play their favourite sport alongside their idols. After taking part in the practice activity for the students, Doncic and Radoncic also took the time to tell them some great basketball stories and reveal a few tricks of the trade.
The event was attended by representatives from Endesa, the sponsor of the Real Madrid Foundation's adapted basketball projects and a Euroleague Basketball regional partner.
The program also gives the young students the chance to take part in sessions during the halftime intervals of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games at the WiZink Center, where they get to showcase their skills out on court. The halftime activities at EuroLeague games are very well received by the spectators and create a warm connection between the One Team participants and Real Madrid fans, highlighting the great job that the Spanish club is doing in its local community through basketball.
The head of the Real Madrid Foundation's socio-sporting basketball schools, Rafael Rullán, highlighted the significance of events such as last week's, saying: "It's always important to come into contact with fans, but in this instance the motivation for our students to be able to meet the players offers a lesson in self-betterment.
"It's thrilling to see how basketball acts as a tool to integrate people with different abilities and as a unifying force that brings everyone together."
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 meaningful social impact in our communities across Europe and is supported by every club in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has already helped more than 14,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.