Special Olympics, one of the world's leading non-governmental organizations using sport as a tool for positive social change, was announced as an Official Partner of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's acclaimed corporate social responsibility programme, at the second annual One Team workshop in Barcelona today.
"Special Olympics is one of the beacons of sport and social development and we are excited to partner with them through One Team," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball's President and CEO, said. "This partnership enhances a long-term relationship with Special Olympics through our Final Four collaborations. Now we are in a position to take that further through the One Team program and turn that relationship into a year-round partnership."
The partnership will see One Team and Special Olympics work together on a number of initiatives that include impact through sport and social development on-the-ground projects, skills exchanges and mutual support.
"Special Olympics is delighted to become a key strategic partner of Euroleague One Team," Mary Davis, President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, said. "Now we have a stronger platform that ever before to use the power and joy of basketball to transform the lives of players with intellectual disabilties. One Team clubs and Special Olympics coaches and volunteers can create together valuable coaching and education programmes that will be powerful vehicles for inclusion and positive social change.”
"One Team is designed to use sport and social development as a means to achieve positive social change against a range of issues," Isabel Gultresa, One Team Director, said. "For many years, Special Olympics has pioneered the use of sport to provide inspiration for and showcase those with special needs. We look forward to a close partnership and welcome Special Olympics to One Team."
Fifteen clubs from across the league have joined for the second annual One Team workshop together with partners, Euroleague members and experts in sport and social development.