One Team will take center stage this week as clubs across Europe host special events to celebrate Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, which is improving the lives of thousands of vulnerable people all over the continent.
The annual One Team Games will involve all 42 clubs during Round 13 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and Round 9 of the 7DAYS EuroCup in a series of on-court activities giving fans a greater understanding of the important work carried out in local communities.
Participants in local One Team programs will be invited onto the court to join the official presentation of the starting fives and referees before every game in both competitions. A ceremonial tip-off will then take place, giving a lucky One Team participant the chance to replace the referee throwing the first jump ball of the night and a unique insight into the gameday experience of players and coaches by taking a seat on the home team bench.
The action will return to the court at half-time, with every home club inviting a group of One Team participants to stage a five-minute session to entertain the fans and showcase the methodology of the program. The participants will then be joined by the home club’s One Team Ambassadors for a “family photo” to commemorate the occasion.
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.
Loko has been actively involved in the One Team program since 2012. The ambassadors of the project are Dmitry Kulagin and Alan Williams.