CSKA brings One Team to Kaliningrad

Jan 03, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print

Round 16 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season saw a piece of history made as CSKA Moscow hosted its first game ever in the Russian city of Kaliningrad for the visit of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan.

And the event also included another first: a special session of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, which took place at Kaliningrad's Yantarny Arena, the venue for the game between CSKA and Milan.

The participants in CSKA's One Team masterclass were local children, born between 2008 and 2010, from the city's Olympic Sport Schools, Basketball Sport School #9, and Kaliningrad municipality schools of Gurievo, Bolshakovo, Gvardeysk and Zelenogradsk.

To make the session even more memorable for the children, there were surprise appearances from CSKA stars Nikita Kurbanov and Kyle Hines, who are the club's One Team Ambassador and the Global One Team Ambassador, respectively.

As well as being given a chance to meet their heroes in the flesh, the kids took part in a number of exercises aimed at developing different personal skills such as team spirit, responsibility, character, determination, help and support.

Kurbanov said: "There is always a great atmosphere at these events. We shared some positive emotions; the kids were joyful and positive. We showed them some exercises to teach them to be a team, because basketball is a team game."

And, of course, the final phase of the activity was a photo and autograph session to ensure every participant had a chance to get their own special memento of the occasion from Kurbanov and Hines.

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.