Rytas Vilnius has tipped off another season with One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program.
The Lithuanian club is working with a group of youngsters from the Velicionys juvenile detention center, aiming to give them a fresh start in life and the chance to build a better future.
The project is being organized in partnership with Youth Can, a program that has the mission of providing Lithuanian youth with opportunities to play sports, learn and grow – using the example of teams to coach, teach, inspire and motivate the participants to recognize their potential.
One Team Coordinator Arminas Vareinka said: "For the youth who are a part of this, it is a life-changing project. It is special because the kids can change their lives for the better. We trust each other and strive for a common goal."
The program is intended to motivate and encourage teenagers to achieve their goals by developing life skills such as integrity, responsibility, self-awareness and self-esteem.
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 19,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.