The power of Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, One Team, has come to life in Turkey with the story of Rana, an 11 year-old girl who has been participating in the activities led by 7DAYS EuroCup club Tofas Bursa.
Rana comes from a socially and financially disadvantaged family in a small district called Harmancik. She has faced many difficulties, including being upset about her height and afraid of animals, and she often ran away from tough situations.
But this season Rana has been attending the One Team leadership sessions run by Tofas’s One Team Ambassador, the former EuroLeague champion David Rivers.
The ‘New Generation’ program allowed Rana to come to the forefront, and thanks to the activities and lessons she experienced in the sessions she started to shine like a true leader.
Now Rana has developed self-confidence about her height, and has started to believe in herself and her skills. Specifically, she has become more tidy and self-disciplined in her day-to-day life, and has started to communicate better with her friends.
She is also now much more comfortable in her everyday environment, and has even started feeding animals rather than being afraid of them!
Rivers, who won the EuroLeague title with Olympiacos in 1997 and later played in Turkey, said: “It has been great to see how much Rana has developed as a person through her involvement with One Team.
“She now acts like a leader and a captain, and has become a real role model for the other people around her. She’s a great example of exactly what can be achieved through sport, and shows why so many people all over Europe are working hard to improve people’s lives with the One Team program.”
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 14,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.