Photograph courtesy of FIBA Europe
Playing in front of 25,000 spectators is a great experience for any athlete. But it was even greater for a group of youngsters who were given the chance to play a game at EuroBasket 2015.View Story ▼Playing in front of 25,000 spectators is a great experience for any athlete. But it was even greater for a group of youngsters who were given the chance to play a game at EuroBasket 2015.
The players with intellectual disabilities, between the ages of 16 and 21 years from the regions Dunkerque and Tourcoing, played at halftime of the Round of 16 contest between Spain and Poland in a game organised by Special Olympics. The goal of the game, which was attended by FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel and FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak as well as former French national team player and ambassador for Special Olympics in France Aymeric Jeanneau was to raise awareness of the talents of these individuals and work towards inclusion.
"This is an opportunity for them to show the European Basketball community what they can achieve. And for the future we should be providing much more support and opportunities in the Game for these youngsters," President Demirel said after the game.
About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.View less ▲