Asseco Arka Gdynia strengthened its solidarity with loyal fans on Saturday, October 20 by staging a special day of activities for young people with disabilities at Gdyńska Hala Sportowa.
The Polish team planned the session as part of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, which is supported by all 40 competing clubs in the 7DAYS EuroCup and Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.
The first classes were led by the club's One Team coaches, Michalina Maliszewska and Kuba Sztejnwald, who planned a number of games aimed at integration, showing that sport is for everyone even if there are adversities to overcome.
As a special surprise, the participants received a visit from the team's young forward star Marcel Ponitka, who is serving as Arka's One Team Ambassador this season.
After receiving an enthusiastic welcome and answering many questions from the participants, Ponitka said: "I am glad that I can be an ambassador of the One Team campaign. Basketball develops physical abilities but also teaches patience and teamwork, and thanks to such initiatives we can be closer to our fans and show them that we are one big family."
Arka will continue to organise regular One Team activities in the coming months, with eight weekend sessions currently planned.
One of the participants, Marta, said: "I am very happy with what we have done.
"We show that sport has no barriers. It does not matter that we are in wheelchairs, we can all still play together on the same court. I am glad that we have support from Asseco Arka players and coaches, and I hope that with each session we will get better and better!"
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 real social impact in our communities.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has reached already directly and indirectly 16,000 participants through its various team projects.