Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and its partner IDEA have successfully concluded their big joint project 'IDEA Play 4 Glory', which had the goal of bringing together boys and girls from Special Olympics Serbia and achieving big results through teamwork.
The program had a triumphant finish on Sunday. At a training session at Basket Land Hall, 18 children from Special Olympics Serbia mastered all the tasks assigned by the Zvezda coaches.
The children got help from Ognjen Dobric, the club's One Team Ambassador, along with his teammates Dusan Ristic and Nemanja Nenadic. Also present, in their role of mentors for the program, were two players from Zvezda's double-winning female club, Mina Djordjevic and Milica Bojovic.
The last training session was a showcase for everything the boys and girls had learned in their previous practices. There was lots of fun and laughter, and a special competition where the players were split into four groups and competed against each other. However, there were no winners because the children showed that they can achieve the desired result by all working together, which was the goal of the project.
One of the young athletes, Isidora Zivkovic, said: "This project is very important for people with special needs. Many thanks to Euroleague Basketball and special thanks to Crvena Zvezda, which gave us great support. We went to numerous games and various events, and this project is very important for all of us."
Dobric has served as a One Team Ambassador for three years, and throughout this season's program he has been a great mentor and a good friend for the children. He said: "This is my third year supporting One Team as a Crvena Zvezda player. It really means a lot to me to participate in such projects, because it is a great satisfaction to see smiles on the faces of these great girls and boys from Special Olympics Serbia. Of course, in the future we will continue to try to smile, entertain and help them further improve their basketball skills."
Nenadic also thought Sunday's event was a fantastic experience, saying: "This is the second time I have actively participated a session and I do not consider it as an obligation, but as a privilege and honor to work with great people like members of Special Olympics Serbia. I hope that in the future we will continue to socialize and train together."
Although this year's project is over, it is definitely not goodbye forever, but rather "until next time!" Zvezda is now recharging its batteries together, resting and preparing for another new season and new victories with One Team and Special Olympics Serbia.
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.