Valencia Basket has launched a new partnership for its seventh project with One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, which supports vulnerable people in our communities all over Europe.
The Spanish club has linked up with local group 'Mamas en Acción' (Moms in Action) to run weekly basketball training sessions every Tuesday between now and January.
The group's president, Majo Gimeno, explains the origins of the organization:
"During a visit to the hospital, I saw that a child was alone and sick, without any companions," she recalls. "I asked how I could help. The doctors told me that help was needed, but I could not do it personally. It had to be done through a non-government organization, and there was none.
"So Moms in Action was born from the impulse of a mother, from the empathy of wanting to take in a child. Now we have more than 500 volunteers who help look after children who are protected by the local government and live in centers or children's homes."
The new collaboration between Valencia Basket and Moms in Action will give the participants positive experiences in basketball and healthy habits of personal improvement that can be transferred to the school or work environment.
These improvements come through the basic concepts of a collective sport such as basketball, which helps participants understand the values of sacrifice and responsibility, using sport as a formula for personal development.
Gimeno believes her organization's work with Valencia and One Team "brings infinite benefits. It is an injection of self-esteem and affection that they don't usually have."
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.