One Team Ambassador James Augustine and his Unicaja Malaga teammate Jeff Brooks recently attended one of the club's One Team sessions at Manolo Garvayo school. The two players took part in a program jointly developed by the Unicaja Foundation and the City Council of Malaga, whose goal is to help young people who are facing problems of social exclusion in the Monte Pavero neighborhood of the Carlinda area of the city.
Eight sessions of the program have been carried out and been attended by members of the Unicaja staff, including Boni Ndong, Paco Aurioles, Angel Sanchez Cañete, Antonio Herrera and Lorena Aranda, head coach of the Unicaja women team, all of whom shared their experiences with the young people participating. Several players also attended some of the sessions, including Aitana Nuevo, Marta Garcia and Lucia Hernandez of the Unicaja women team. On April 18, Augustine and Brooks had the opportunity to participate and interact with children from the Marcelino Champagnat Foundation.
"It was a good experience again, also for Jeff who came with me." Augustine said. "It was a good visit for us. We had met the kids before from a game to which they came. We got out there in the community and played some ball with the kids. They had a lot of fun and so did we. We spent some good time out there and we hope to see them again.
"I don't know how much they like basketball, but it can help you through life, it did for me." Augustine added. "Those kids enjoyed the competing of it and had some talent, and basketball is something that those kids can lean on."
Unicaja brings One Team program expertise to an existing program called Suman2+, which is dedicated to children and young people living in the Monte Payero neighborhood, which has social indicators of marginality due to the economic precariousness of the resident population in which 24 different nationalities lives.
The One Team program gives minors attending workshops the opportunity to perform physical exercise outside the neighborhood, which can contribute, not only to deepen talents and skills, but also to improve relations and links with the social and institutional fabric of the neighborhood. This was Unicaja’s second One Team program of the season, following an earlier one in collaboration with Proyecto Hombre.
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.