Dolomiti Energia Trento has completed its activities for One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program, with a recap session to summarize and celebrate all the lessons that have been learned over the past 11 weeks.
Trento has been working with a group of 18 young people from four separate local institutions. ANFFAS works with people with disabilities; ATAS with refugees and foreigners; CTS with people recovering or suffering from pathological addictions, substance abuse or psychiatric problems; and Villa Sant'Ignazio with people in personal or family difficulties.
Video sessions have been held every week to talk about basketball and the different life values the sport can offer, such as respect, self-esteem, and a sense of community. Those sessions have included the involvement of Trento players, including team captain Toto Forray, and an English teacher to improve language skills.
One of the participants, Antonio, explained that he truly appreciated the support offered by the program and the Trento players during a difficult time:
"We have discovered that all those players are also beautiful souls, with kind hearts. It's not an easy moment, but we have managed to meet like we were around a campfire: we warmed each other! It was a great experience, and we exchanged a lot of smiles. On the screen, there was always someone smiling. So, thank you. We really needed that, especially in this moment."
The group will now stay together and hold a couple of follow-up sessions in the coming weeks, hopefully including the chance to finally able to play together on the basketball court if the pandemic situation allows.
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.