Joventut Badalona has long been regarded as one of the best youth development clubs in Europe, and the Spanish club has put that expertise to great use by promoting social inclusion as part of One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program.
Last season Joventut teamed up last season with ISOM, a local center that hosts immigrant children who are socially at risk. Together, they used the power of basketball to improve the independence and quality of life for 13 youngsters, all of whom arrived in Spain from Africa, who took part in the program.
Each of the eight sessions had a different main topic in order to focus on specific goals, and the head of the club’s highly successful youth academy, David Jimeno, took a very active role in shaping the content of the activities.
Jimeno was very impressed with the improvements he witnessed, commenting: “The guys learned a lot about respect, tolerance and empathy. They made a really good team, they became more confident, they had a lot of fun and they were competitive. I’m so glad to see them having a good time.”
Adil Mamouni, coordinator of the ISOM center, noted that the participants had to battle against discrimination, feeling that everybody looked at them differently, and the aim of increasing their self-confidence was especially boosted by playing in front of a large crowd during the half-time break of Joventut’s 7DAYS EuroCup meeting with UNICS Kazan in December.
The program was run with the support of Fundacion Probitas, Joventut’s social sponsor. Since 2012, the foundation has supported more than 6,000 children in vulnerable situations in Badalona.
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 22,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.