LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne is running its second One Team program along with its social partner Vhasi, an association composed of adults with mental handicaps who take part in sports and cultural activities.
The project involves 10 men and 11 women with intellectual disabilities, helped by six One Team coaches from ASVEL, with the common goal of learning life skills through basketball, and the specific aim of taking part in the Special Olympics World Games next March in Abu Dhabi.
The club's One Team Ambassador is star center Amine Noua, who recently held a meeting with One Team coach Pierre Bressant – a former professional point guard and current coaching staff member – and came up with the idea of asking all his teammates and coaching staff to engage with the program to help run a series of educational activities related to their needs.
Noua's teammates agreed to the suggestion and all are now taking part in the sessions. They are also providing a special gift to each participant: a pair of basketball shoes to be used during the sessions.
Noua, who is averaging 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in this season's 7DAYS EuroCup, explained where the idea came from:
"At a One Team preparation meeting where I was invited to introduce our social partner, Vhasi, I was told that some participants had great economic difficulties even to own a pair of basketball shoes. So with coach Pierre, who was looking for a way to find them shoes, I said we would ask each player to offer a pair to every participant. Pierre helped me and made a table with all the names and sizes, and we also asked the help of the coaches and assistants. I am proud of my team because everyone has participated."
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.