Brose Bamberg finished its One Team activities for the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season in fine style with forward Louis Olinde making a visit to Trimberg School to spread some important life messages to the eager pupils. Over the past few months, the German club, with the support of local bank Sparkasse Bamberg, took part in a series of sessions with third and seventh graders from two local schools to teach them life lessons through sports. The 20-year-old Olinde was happy to lend his support in his role as the club's One Team Ambassador alongside veteran guard Nikos Zisis.
This was the fifth consecutive season that the club has worked with Trimberg School, where many of the pupils come from districts that face a variety of social problems, including high rates of unemployment, large numbers of migrants, limited prospects, difficult family situations and a lack of motivation. Through the power of basketball, the club is addressing these issues to give the children a brighter future.
In the final session, Olinde told the children about his career so far and his experiences during his younger days with Brose's farm team, Baunach Young Pikes, emphasizing the importance of teamwork. "We can only be successful if we work together and stay together, especially when times get rough," Olinde said.
With this in mind, the kids continued their session work with an exercise called the "yardstick game". With a little help from Olinde, the students handled the drill very well while recalling all the important lessons they had learned from their time with the coaches. The seventh-grade children then continued by drawing up a One Team Mind Map, which will find its place in their classroom for the coming years as a guideline for the future.
After the session Olinde said: "It is great that we have projects like One Team where kids get to work together in the gym. Teamwork is such an important thing, not only in sports but in our everyday life as well. That's why I think it's amazing that we work around this subject with the kids, and as a One Team ambassador I am very happy to contribute something to the project."
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.