Throughout February, CSKA Moscow is continuing its engagement with One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, by holding a series of themed practices and clinics at the Boarding School of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
The school is for the daughters of servicemen who serve in remote military garrisons, along with children from incomplete and large families, children of deceased servicemen, and participants of military operations honored with state awards.
Last week a special event was held, with the school's basketball class being named after CSKA's former Olympic champion and current One Team Ambassador Sergey Tarakanov, who was in attendance for the evening.
The theme for the session was the subject of ambition, with One Team Coach and Manager Yakov Tarasov asking a seemingly simple question: What does it mean to have ambitions?
The example of basketball was a perfect way of illustrating the discussion, because aspiring to succeed and having the ability to set goals are important for any athlete.
All the exercises at the session were aimed at the development of these skills, with Tarasov explaining how it's important to believe in yourself and your future success. These qualities are valuable not only in sport, but in any profession.
One Team Ambassador Tarakanov noted: "Being ambitious is important for any sportsman. Making goals and dreaming about success may help you to find a perfect way to reach it. That's why we have decided to single out topics and discuss them. It's our third season with the girls, who are growing up with us and our One Team program. We feel responsible for them and their success in basketball, study and life."
Tarasov added: "The most important part of our session was the exercises that made the girls understand that their possibilities are much higher than their expectations. We need to talk about that, and I want girls to think about that. You shouldn't be scared of your goals and you shouldn't be scared of your power. If you set the bar of expectations too low, you will never reach anything. Ambitions make you better when you are making small steps every day on the way to the goal."
One of the girls taking part in the program, Daria, believes the session achieved its objective, saying: "We really like the new form of clinics that CSKA has made for us. We try to speak about serious topics sincerely. It's an interesting experience to compare them with basketball drills and games.
I'm looking forward to the next ones."
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.