With a special last session, Fiat Turin’s latest project for One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, came to an end earlier this month.
Since January, the Italian 7DAYS EuroCup team has been working with GiuCo ’97, a non-profit association which works with young people with disabilities and helps them discover the importance of sport.
The partnership saw the club and GiuCo run 12 basketball sessions with children from local disability hospital Cottolengo, developing a relationship which will continue beyond One Team to create a long-lasting project of inclusion, socialization and fun.
Sessions were held every week for a group of 12 disabled children aged between 6 and 10, including activities at the Palavela Arena and the gym of club partner the World international School of Turin. Two special sessions at the arena were also attended by the club’s captain Peppe Poeta and One Team Ambassador James Michael McAdoo, under the guidance of the youth section staff.
The project was a great success which is expected to grow over time, and McAdoo said: “It has been a blessing for me to be a One Team Ambassador for this season. I loved the project, I loved the kids and I loved the two special sessions. I think it’s very important for us players to have the opportunity for these experiences and give back some of our good fortune. The kids were awesome and we had so much fun together.”
Poeta added: “It was a great project and a great experience that I want to continue to support. I’m so glad that I have been involved with GiuCo’s kids.”
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.