Dolomiti Energia Trento has given a fresh twist to its activities with One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, by involving players from the club's youth team.
The Italian club is running a new program along with social partner ANFFAS Trentino, which was founded in 1965 to protect the rights of people with disabilities and their families.
The program's main objectives are to use basketball to reinforce the development of five basic life skills: decision-making and problem solving; creative and critical thinking; communication and interpersonal skills; self-awareness and empathy; and coping with emotions and stress.
Around 30 participants with disabilities – men and women aged 15 to 35 – are attending the sessions, which started last month and will continue until March. They are also joined by 15 players from the club's youth categories, whose presence at the sessions is intended to promote the message of social inclusion in a meaningful way. The club is also engaging different sponsors from the youth categories for the program, increasing the presence of young players and aiming to achieve a real social impact across the community.
The group is being guided by Massimo Komatz, Trento's One Team Manager, along with coaches Nenad Jakovljievic and Claudio Venco, who will be using basketball to build relationships and break down barriers.
There is also support from Trento's senior team, with club captain Toto Forray confirmed as One Team Ambassador for the third consecutive season.
Forray is relishing the chance to join the One Team sessions, and he believes the unifying language of basketball can make a real difference to the lives of participants.
"I'm so happy to have the chance to be part of One Team again this year," he said. "A shared love of basketball allows me and my teammates to come together as a team, and the same thing also happens in One Team. Thanks to basketball, a lot of people who didn't know each other become a real team, learning how to respect and help each other to make everyone better."
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.