Unicaja Malaga has appointed Adam Waczynski as the club’s new One Team Ambassador, and the Polish sharpshooter made a sparkling debut with an active performance in last week’s session.
One Team is Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, and all 40 teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup appoint one of their players as ambassador to raise the profile of their activities and give a boost to the participants.
Waczynski is the man in Malaga, allowing him to support Unicaja’s work with Proyecto Hombre, a local group which was established in 1985 to provide treatment and rehabilitation from drugs and other addictions.
In their sixth year of working together, Unicaja is running weekly sessions with Proyecto Hombre and using lessons from basketball to develop core life skills.
Last week’s session included a drill called ‘Angels and Demons’, which asks one of the players to make a small circuit around the court, avoiding different obstacles whilst being blindfolded. Half of the participants help by providing accurate directions (Angels), but the others deliberately give bad advice (Demons).
The drill is repeated several times with different participants wearing the blindfold, allowing the players to experience various strategies and develop social skills such as teamwork, trust, commitment and solidarity, as well as understanding the importance of following good guidance and avoiding bad advice.
Waczynski joined in energetically, and afterwards he said he was very happy to be involved in the program: “It is an honour to be an ambassador of One Team and I enjoyed the session a lot.
“There are bad influences, good influences and you have to learn to recognize them. That is the most important. For me it has been a great experience and I hope too for the participants. Here there are only good people who want to change something in their life.”
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 16,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.