Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar has brought its One Team season to a successful conclusion with the assistance of star player Brian Qvale.
The American big man has served as the club's Ambassador for this season's activities with One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, and he was in attendance to help the program come to a happy end before the summer break with a special guided tour of the club's arena.
Lokomotiv has developed this season's One Team program in a partnership with recycling company Ferratek for students at the 30th Krasnodar MBOU Secondary School.
The school is located in a tough neighbourhood where problems with aggression and a lack of communication are common. To address these issues, the main goals of the One Team program were team-building; improving personal skills through teamwork; and developing trust, respect and communication among teenagers.
Community cohesion is provided in three directions: physiological, psychological and social. To achieve this, weekly two-hour sessions were divided into three blocks: a physical session or warm-up, individual work on basketball skills, and social games based on basketball.
A group of 15 boys and girls aged between 12 and 15 took part in the activities, which were led by one of Lokomotiv's professional coaches in the gym of the secondary school.
Every month, special sessions were held with participation of Qvale, who was happy to give the participants a break from their usual routines with a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the team's facilities.
"We toured around the gym, the weight room and the locker room, so they got to see what we do and where we go on a daily basis," Qvale said. "We did some stretching, some ball-handling and some balance work, and then we played a seven-on-seven pick-up game. It was fun and I hope the kids had fun."
Loko's club legend and current General Manager, Alexey Savrasenko – who also serves as a One Team Ambassador – strongly supported the project by attending several events.
"One Team is an important social initiative and an opportunity for thousands of kids across Russia and Europe to become a part of the basketball world," Savrasenko said.
"We spread the love for sports and an active lifestyle, helping to build self-confidence and make dreams come true, as well as teaching kids basic game elements and organizing friendly training days.
"We would like to thank all the kids who took part in our project and wish you good luck. And while we are preparing for next season, it's time for you to set new goals and reach them! We are sure that all of you will succeed, because every one of you is a true example of self-discipline and the will to win."
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.