Young participants in the Olympiacos Piraeus One Team program had a special treat last week when star players Kostas PapanIkolaou and Sasha Vezenkov came along to join in their practice session.
The two players are Ambassadors for One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program which is carried out across the continent by all 42 EuroLeague and EuroCup clubs.
Papanikolaou has actively supported One Team for many years and he said: "One Team is one of the best initiatives that Euroleague has ever undertaken. It's great to be part of this program, work with these kids and live these special moments. Everything about it is magic. This is my fourth season with One Team and every day is a joy. One Team really educates these kids, giving them principles like respect and self esteem."
Vezenkov also enjoyed the session, adding: "One Team is a unique experience. It gives the kids great joy and you see so many smiles , beautiful and pure moments. It also gives them knowledge, discipline and so many things they can use in their lives."
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.