Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana's work as part of One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, saw the club join forces with the Special Education Center Janez Levec, an educational institution in the city dedicated to the development of young people with special needs.
One of this season's participants was a young man named Tine, who at the start of the season was invited by the club to attend a basketball game. Tine and his family are sports enthusiasts, and after the first Cedevita Olimpija game that he saw last season, Tine immediately became a huge basketball fan. and has been to nearly every game since. He would always sit in the same seat next to his father and was always the first to give high-fives to the players. Tine is a particularly big fan of Olimpija's One Team Ambassador Edo Muric after they met at a One Team session.
Joining One Team's weekly training sessions helped Tine develop confidence and social skills, which allowed him to step outside of his comfort zone. And in December he left the Special Education Center Janez Levec for the best possible reason: because he got a job and therefore no longer needed the support and training provided by the Center.
Tine's story is a perfect example of how One Team works with local organizations to help vulnerable people integrate into society. Cedevita Olimpija's program with the Special Education Centre Janez Levec brought something new into the lives of all of the participants, giving them social and personal skills that make them more equipped to handle real life. The excitement and inclusiveness of basketball can change people's lives and players Muric can serve as inspirational role models to give young people like Tine the chance to find new opportunities.
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.