Leadership and teamwork have been the main messages emphasised in recent sessions of the One Team program being run by 7DAYS EuroCup club BC Lietkabelis Panevezys.
The Lithuanian team has joined forces with Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program for the first time this season, running an eight-week session along with Panevezys College and Panevezys Algimantas Bandzas Infant and Child Care Home.
The second session focused on the importance of teamwork both on and off the court, with the team’s players Zygimantas Skucas, Vaidas Cepukaitis and One Team Ambassador Gintaras Kadziulis all on hand to share their experiences with the young participants.
The following week’s meeting was highly anticipated because it was joined by the team’s best-known players, Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic, whose long and successful careers made them the perfect people to address the topic of leadership.
The children from the infant and child care home were asked to consider the differences between a boss and a leader, and discussed the main skills required to become a good leader.
As usual, the second part of the session took place on the court at Cido Arena, with nothing but big smiles and lots of energy from the participants as they enjoyed a variety of basketball exercises.
After the session, veteran big man Darjus Lavrinovic said: “There are many lessons about life that you can learn from basketball and it’s great that One Team is trying to educate the kids as well as giving them fun on the court.
“Leadership is so important in basketball and people who have leadership qualities make a big difference to how well a team works together. I hope the kids remember some of the things we talked about and are able to apply them to their own lives.”
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 14,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.