CSKA Moscow star Kyle Hines warmed up for the playoffs by attending a special spring clinic for One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program.
The Russian club is working with the Boarding School of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, supporting the daughters of servicemen who are deceased or far away from their families in remote garrisons.
Hines is a long-time supporter of One Team, serving as the initiative's Global Ambassador, and he was happy to attend the recent clinic alongside Yakov Tarasov, the club's One Team Manager, for a series of activities based around the theme of respect.
The CSKA captain started by sharing with the girls his most emotional experiences, saying: "The biggest emotional moment in my life was watching the birth of my daughter. I think it was one of the first times in my life that I actually cried."
The girls told their stories too: about family, studies, sports achievements and pets, allowing them all to understand that sharing emotions, and respecting the opinions and feelings of other people, is an integral part of life.
Hines explained how respecting the emotions of other people can make a real difference on the basketball court, saying: "If you understand the emotions of the people around you, you'd be able to respect them better, and respect their feelings."
The next exercise asked the girls to respect the emotions of their teammates by working in pairs to overcome obstacles, followed by a game in which, after a pass from Hines, the participants expressed a quality of another person in the game without mentioning that person's name.
After the session, Hines continued to spend time with the girls, signing autographs and posing for photos, and the participants looked forward to seeing him again soon when they watched CSKA's playoff games from the stands of the Megasport Arena.
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.