Last Tuesday, the second stage of Fiat Turin’s One Team program took place at the club’s PalaRuffini arena.
One Team is Euroleague Basketball’s social inclusion project, involving all 40 teams competing in this season’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup competitions.
Fiat Turin is working in collaboration with social partner Marco Berry Onlus and their Iron Mind project, and last week’s afternoon practice concluded with a wonderful challenge between the team’s players and the wheelchair basketball team HB UICEP Turin, members of the Serie B league.
One of the wheelchair team members was Alessandro Caputo, the young Iron Mind athlete who was also a guest of the club during the first stage of the One Team project in February.
After the introductions, the players of Fiat Turin and HB Basket, assisted by head coach Paolo Galbiati, warmed up together with a shooting contest before starting the game. At the end of the game, Alessandro switched to the role of “journalist” by interviewing coach Galbiati about the action.
“It was a very enjoyable experience,” commented Trevor Mbakwe, the club’s experienced center and One Team Ambassador. “I could not wait to have a rematch with little Alessandro!
“I love this project. It is very meaningful and I think it is a great opportunity for us to be in contact with these children. Alessandro is a super kid and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be the ambassador of this project, which allows less fortunate people to freely play the sport they love.”
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.