In its second year of participation in One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, 7DAYS EuroCup club Asseco Arka Gdynia has joined forces with the City Hall of Gdynia to create a program helping a group of 16 wheelchair users between the ages of 12 and 21.
The project is using basketball as a tool for social change, with the objective of helping the participants gain self-belief and integrate into society.
The mother of one of the young players explained that her son is learning the art of perseverance from the sessions: "Adam likes to come here and throw the ball to the basket. He isn't discouraged if he misses it, but he tries until he succeeds."
Arka's star player and One Team Ambassador Adam Hrycaniuk is supporting the program, and players from the club's youth categories have also been involved in some sessions in order to break down barriers, promote awareness and encourage social activities involving people with disabilities in the local community.
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.