Following their long-standing relationship with the Romanian Basketball Federation, Special Olympics Romania athletes were invited to a demo match at the „ONE RIM, ONE DREAM” 2016 FIBA 3x3 European Championships taking place in Romania on 4 September.
Special Olympics Romania athletes had the opportunity to play in one of Bucharest’s largest mall arenas and to be cheered on by visitors who had the chance to see to a different approach to basketball. The event was even more spectacular as the Special Olympics athletes were joined on the court by two world elite 3x3 basketball players, namely Dusan Domovic Bulut and Jovana Vukoje – a major step in setting the ground for unified 3x3 basketball.
In a faster, more dynamic 3x3 system, a highlight of the match was a 2-point score by Special Olympics athlete Stefan Constantin, which is the equivalent of a 3-point score in the 5x5 playing system.
The opportunity was offered by Sport Arena, a Romanian company that serves the local sport market by supplying complete solutions for outdoor courts and indoor gyms as well as stadiums. It is also the organizer of the main streetball event in Romania - Sport Arena Streetball, an open competition that gathers each year more than 1,000 teams (4,000 players) and over 15,000 spectators.