EuroLeague players, clubs respond to crisis

Apr 25, 2020 by Print
EuroLeague players, clubs respond to crisis

In the latest of a series of initiatives to help fight COVID-19, the group that owns KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz announced that it has procured 361,000 items of personal protection equipment to donate to healthcare workers in its region, the Basque Country of Spain, in the name of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague team and its sister football club, Alavés.

Among the items are 100,000 pairs of gloves, 76,000 masks and 2,400 protective glasses. The procurement is valued at €800,000, half of which has been paid for by Grupo Baskonia y Alavés. The total shipment, which weighs more than 20,000 kilos and covers 160 cubic meters, is being stored at Buesa Arena, the team's homecourt. It will be distributed according to necessity according to the criteria of local health authorities.

"Everything we can do for the health professionals can help improve the conditions in which they are working," Josean Querejeta, president of Grupo Baskonia y Alavés. "Our priority, beyond all doubt, is to dedicate all our efforts to that, which is what we have done, taking advantage of the group's international relations to gain access to materials that otherwise would have been more difficult to obtain. This work cost weeks of effort, but its fruits are here."

Baskonia began helping health professionals on March 16 by making available all of the medical materials in the installations of its two clubs to hospitals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The group has also raised money by selling special-edition jerseys and bracelets, and donating memorabilia for auction, to honor healthcare workers.

Vezenkov donates €10,000 to Bulgarian hospital

April 02, 2020

Olympiacos Piraeus forward Sasha Vezenkov has joined the effort to fight the COVID-19 virus in his hometown of Botevgrad, Bulgaria, by donating 10,000 euros to the local hospital. Vezenkov makes his offseason home in the city in western Bulgaria and has been there in recent weeks since the club allowed players to return home to their native countries to wait out the current health crisis.

Vezenkov was born in Cyprus to a Bulgarian family. His father, Sachko Vezenkov, was a Bulgarian basketball star. He played for the Bulgarian national team and after he retired from basketball, he worked for Lukoil Academic as team president, executive director and years later as head coach. Sasha, who holds passports from Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria, represents Bulgaria in international play, too.

Real's Tavares steps up to help children

April 02, 2020

Real Madrid big man Edy Tavares stood up during the COVID-19 crisis and joined the Save the Children non-governmental organization to help. In order to aid the most needy families in Spain as consequence of the pandemic, Tavares encourages everyone to make a donation to Save the Children. All the people who donate for the cause will be part of a draw with prizes that include basketball shoes and Real Madrid jerseys signed by Sergeant Swat himself, Tavares, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's top shot-blocker.

Armani coaches, players donate €1m to hospitals

April 01, 2020

AX Armani Exchange Milan owner and fashion industry icon Giorgio Armani and club president Leo Dell'Orco announced on Wednesday that Coach Ettore Messina and the players on the team have given up a portion of their salaries to help local hospitals in the battle against COVID-19.

Combined, the coaches and players donated €1 million to hospitals and medical centers in Italy's Lombardy region. That amount of money is in addition to a previous donation of €1.25 million by Mr. Armani, who also recently ordered that Armani clothing factories be converted into factories to produce disposable lab coats.

The Lombardy region has been one of the hardest hit in the world by the Coronavirus with more than 40,000 diagnosed cases and 7,000 deaths.

Printezis supports native island with ventilators donation

April 01, 2020

Olympiacos Piraeus star Georgios Printezis has supported Greece’s efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus by donating two portable ventilators to Syros General Hospital.

Printezis, who is in his 15th EuroLeague season with Olympiacos, was born and raised on the island of Syros, which is located 150 kilometers south-east of Piraeus, and the 35 year-old has moved quickly to help his home island by funding this important medical equipment.

It follows last week’s announcement that the club’s owners, Panagiotis and Giorgos Angelopoulos, have donated one million euros to Greece’s health service for the provision of equipment for intensive care units.

Bayern players hand out food to needy

March 27, 2020

FC Bayern Munich stars Danilo Barthel and Paul Zipser joined the club's managing director, Marko Pesic, in assisting at the Muenchner Tafel charity organization on Thursday, handing out food to the hundreds of people in need in the city. Bayern club president Herbert Hainer not only helped out as well, but also presented a donation check for €10,000 to representatives from the Muenchner Tafel.

"FC Bayern is always socially involved, and when I heard that the basketball players would be going to the Muenchner Tafel, I spontaneously said I would help out. Because the fact that they want to use their privileged standing to help people, especially now during the corona crisis, is fantastic and very important," Hainer said.

The Muenchner Tafel has 27 distribution locations around the city and assists about 20,000 people in need per week.

"We have been here before and we know how important these things are," Barthel said. "We are here again to help out and use the scope of our club and the sport to bring attention to what is missing at the Tafel."

"It's a fact that, usually, many older people volunteer at the Tafel, but naturally, it's better for them to stay at home right now," Pesic said. "Therefore, it was just natural for us that we help out. This will not be our only event during this corona crisis, because this issue is bigger than FC Bayern Basketball.

Angelopoulos brothers donate €1m to fight against COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Olympiacos co-owners and brothers Panagiotis and George Angelopoulos have donated 1,000,000 Euros to Greece's national health system to assist in the battle against the spread of COVID-19. The money will be used to strengthen Intensive Care Units by purchasing necessary equipment at this time of need. The funds were donated through SYN-ENOSIS, the Greek Shipowners' Social Welfare Company, of which George Angelopoulos is on the board of directors. In a statement made on the Olympiacos website, the Angelopoulos brothers said: "We believe that our contribution is needed today more than ever."


Euroleague Basketball is eager to encourage fans to follow precautionary measures being taken globally to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Therefore, we are joining the #IStayHome campaign.

In many countries, the public is being encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing to help stop the spread of this infectious disease. CSKA Moscow center and Vice President of the Euroleague Players Association Kyle Hines recorded a short message to encourage fans all over the world to stay safe and follow the rules.

The message Euroleague Basketball is strengthening is based on recommendations made by the World Health Organization. More information can be found at