Some of the
greatest names in Basketball – Spanoulis, Navarro, Diamantidis, Bogdanovic,
Fernandez, Hines, Ajinca, Mirotic - will proudly support Special Olympics on
court next Thursday (November 28th) and Friday (November 29th) in the Turkish
Airlines Euroleague, to show their solidarity for acceptance, respect and
inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
Rounds 6 and
7 of the Turkish Airlines Regular Season will be dedicated to Euroleague
Basketball’s corporate social responsibility programme, One Team and their long-time
strategic partner Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics symbol
represents the transformation that a person with an intellectual disability
experiences by training and competing in sports like basketball with Special
Olympics. It depicts a change from disempowerment and prohibition to action,
achievement, joy and ultimately triumphs. This transformation does not happen
alone but in a community, supported and celebrated by others, as represented by
Between November 21 and 29, in addition to the call to
action by Euroleague Players, arenas across Europe will welcome male and female
Special Olympics athletes to centre court, where One Team Ambassadors or team
captains will read messages before each tip off to increase awareness of the
fight against exclusion that is at the heart of both One Team and Special
“It is a huge honour for us to have some of the greatest
names in basketball proudly donning the Special Olympics symbol” says Mary
Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia “and by standing
shoulder to shoulder on court with our Special Olympics athletes they send a
powerful message that everyone regardless of their abilities or disabilities
should have the opportunity to transform their life through the power and joy
The dedication of Round 6 and 7 to Special Olympics
is also part of Turkish Airlines Euroleague One Team's support of the 2013 Special
Olympics European Basketball Week. Taking place from November 30 to December
8, European Basketball Week is one week of the year where the European
basketball community are called on to play their part in expanding more
opportunities for players with intellectual disabilities.
official 2013 European Basketball Week brochure.
official 2013 European Basketball Week video.
More information is available at www.euroleague.net or www.specialolympics.org.
About One Team
Launched in 2012, the One Team programme
combines the efforts and support of its partners to use the sport of basketball
to create positive social change. One Team is the new corporate social
responsibility (CSR) and marketing partnership program developed by Euroleague
Basketball together with its member clubs and supported by Turkish Airlines.
One Team is a best-in-class CSR programme, drawing from best-case
examples in the world of sport as well as our own innovation.