Limoges making a difference with One Team campaign

Jun 04, 2018 by Print
Limoges making a difference with One Team campaign

The last few months have seen Limoges CSP join forces with IME les Bayles for the second consecutive year to further develop its work with One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program.

IME les Bayles is an institution for teenagers and young adults with social and intellectual disabilities, and using the power of basketball to help people has been a great new challenge and opportunity for the French club, which competed in last season's 7DAYS EuroCup.

The main objective for the program has been enabling young people to use sport to help them develop as much as possible, encouraging them to achieve a degree of independence and promoting their social integration.

A total of 16 girls and boys between the ages of 13 and 17 are taking part in the program, which is being led by Limoges's One Team coach Julien Dominique every week for nearly three months.

Another big supporter of the program is Jean-Fred Morency, the club's small forward who is also serving as Limoges's One Team Ambassador.

He has played an active role in several sessions and has been struck by the development made by the children over the last few weeks.

"I have really been able to see the evolution of those young children in their behavior," said Morency. "At first they were really shy, but the more meetings we've had, the more comfortable they have become.

"Basketball-wise, it has been very interesting to see how the children are trying to do their best every single time. They really listen to what they are being asked to do, and then give all their efforts to apply that in the sessions. It has been a great program."

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-focussed projects.