Herbalife Gran Canaria tipped off its latest One Team project last week with the assistance of star player Xavi Rabaseda.
The experienced forward is spending his second year as Gran Canaria's Ambassador for One Team, the Euroleague Basketball social responsibility program that supports thousands of vulnerable people all over the continent.
Rabaseda was very happy to attend the first session in this season's schedule, hailing the importance of the project as he said: "I think One Team has a great social value for people on the island.
"Every year we try to collaborate with a different association, so we can help as many kids as possible. We try to teach them the basics of basketball and give them a good time with a professional athlete. One Team has been around for a long time and it is very important. It's a great project that shows how EuroLeague cares about our values."
This season, Gran Canaria has developed its One Team program jointly with Adigran (Asociación de Diabéticos de Gran Canaria), a non-profit organization whose main objective is to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes and to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Canarias has the highest rate of diabetes in Spain and one of the highest in Europe. On the islands, the disease is the first cause of death among women and the third for men. The club therefore wants to give visibility and enhance awareness about diabetes, and encourage healthy living habits that can prevent the development of diabetes.
The program introduced by Rabaseda is taking place over eight weeks, in 90 minutes sessions with 12 girls and boys aged six to 14, introducing them to basketball and developing key life skills such teamwork, self-confidence, healthy living, communication skills, stress management, self-awareness and empathy.
The program is supported by the club's sponsor, Aguas de Teror, which shares the same social responsibility values and has its own healthy lifestyle 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 16,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.