Ambassadors: Vanja Marinkovic, Rade Zagorac
Main life skills: Integration, team-building and effort
About the program: In 2018/19, Partizan NIS Belgrade has chosen to partner with foster care center ‘Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj’, which operates as a part of ‘Zvečanska’ as social partner for One Team program. Care in the institution lasts until the child is provided with the appropriate family environment (biological, adoptive or foster family) or comes of age and is prepared for everyday life. The main objective of the program is to provide a positive atmosphere where participants can learn through basketball, embracing and implementing skills which can help them with their daily lives. Around 25 girls and boys from Zmaj are involved during February and March, joining sessions twice a week at Stark Arena. The club’s partner Barbados Bus is providing transportation for the One Team participants from their foster care center to the training facility and back. Some of their sessions are shared with Partizan Basketball Academy kids, with the intention of promoting inclusion among the Academy players and One Team participants.