Anadolu Efes Istanbul has successfully completed its latest project with Special Olympics Turkey as part of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program.
The project saw a group of young athletes from Special Olympics develop key life skills with Efes's One Team coaches, One Team Ambassador Sertac Sanli, and players from the club's under-14 team.
At the conclusion of this latest series of activities Utku Yusuf Ozciger, the Turkish club's One Team Manager, said: "We believe we have added values such as helping each other, being a team, leadership and communication skills. It makes me so glad that basketball serves such a good purpose."
The success of the project was summed up by a comment from one of the young participants, Sule Inan, who simply stated: "I love basketball. I learned how to make friends, I learned how to share."
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 real social impact in our communities.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has reached already directly and indirectly 16,000 participants through its various team projects.