CSKA Moscow held another event for One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, at the Boarding School of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation last week.
But this was not just an ordinary session, because it was also attended by superstar players Victor Khryapa and Kyle Hines, the team’s captain and vice-captain and also One Team Ambassadors.
Hines has attended many One Team events over several years in his role as Global One Team Ambassador, so he was in a relaxed and happy frame of mind as he visited the girls’ school – even though he wasn’t able to take a full part in the practice as he is currently recovering from injury.
But Khryapa more than made up for Hines’s inability to fully participate, with the veteran Russian forward getting himself thoroughly involved in the action as the girls followed the session led by One Team coach Yakov Tarasov.
As well as playing basketball, the girls showed great enthusiasm in other tasks which were aimed to develop their teamwork skills, and encourage them to take responsibility and interact with leaders.
And Khryapa made it clear just how seriously he takes his role with One Team as he said: “Today is one of the days that Kyle and I devote to One Team. We are the program’s ambassadors and we are in charge of its development.
“We want to show not only the sports side but also demonstrate how basketball can be useful your real life as well, and how to trust your partners because basketball is a team game. You don’t play alone – you need cooperation. You also need intelligence, creativity, so our drills were not only basketball-related. My biggest wish is that the girls enjoy the game, because as well as working hard to reach your goals you also have to enjoy what you are doing.”
At the end of the session, the girls had a chance to take some photos with their superstar visitors, who in return invited them to attend upcoming CSKA home games.
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.