With the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season approaching its climax and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar already safely through to the next stage, the season is also advancing smoothly for the Russian team off the court.
Like all 40 teams in the EuroCup and EuroLeague, Lokomotiv is working hard with the One Team program, which provides valuable support and assistance to vulnerable communities all over Europe.
Lokomotiv is nearly halfway through the first part of its One Team project for the season, having held four out of the first 10 sessions for an initiative focusing on social inequality.
A group of 16 children aged 11 and 12 from Public School 66 in the city of Krasnodar is taking part in weekly sessions that are designed to help the local kids find their place in society and live a healthy lifestyle, while showing that everyone is equal in sports, regardless of cultural factors such as nationality, religion, gender or social status.
Kirill Karmanov, a coach from the club's Loko-2002 youth team, is running the project, with the help of club legend and manager Aleksey Savrasenko and current player Timofei Gerasimov, who have both signed up as One Team Ambassadors. The Loks Dancers cheerleading squad are also participating in several sessions, demonstrating a different side of basketball.
The season so far has included a meet-and-greet class so everyone could get to know each other, followed by sessions focused on team building and an intense but fun practice with Loko's player development coach Nikolay Tanaseychuk.
Everyone is now looking forward to the remaining six sessions, Savrasenko said: "Loko has been participating in the One Team project for several years. This program is important, and we don't only conduct training sessions, but also show the other sides of basketball. We want the children to grow a commitment to basketball after each master class and, of course, we hope to see them all at Basket-Hall in the future."
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.