Another step in the run-up to the Final Four and the expansion of Euroleague Basketball’s corporate social responsibility programme was made Friday when the first training session was for coaches who will lead the One Madrid project this spring
Physical education teachers and supervisors from two Madrid public schools spent five hours on Friday morning learning the structure and dynamics of the One Team programme, which unites 32 Euroleague Basketball clubs and world-renowned partners to support at-risk communities in 14 countries through grass-roots activities that have reached more than 10,000 participants to date.
The teachers will begin work later this month with students at the their two schools, Infantas Elena y Cristina and Capitán Cortés, and carry their One Team lessons through the Final Four in Madrid and until the end of the academic year in June.
Also on hand for One Team training were coaches from Special Olympics Madrid, a long-time partner of Euroleague Basketball, which has joined the effort to use the Final Four this spring as a means to help integrate marginalized communities using the power of basketball.
The participants were welcomed by Mercedes Fernández, the Sub-directress of Federated Sport and Sports Promotion for the Comunidad de Madrid, and by Abigain Martín, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Euroleague Basketball.
“Even though One Team already exists here thanks to Real Madrid, we at Euroleague Basketball are excited to use the opportunity of the Final Four to expand this groundbreaking program in the next months,” Martín said. “The Final Four is about having fun and being responsible, and there is no better way to show that than to make as many One Team participants as possible a part of it. And that’s what One Madrid is all about. We are grateful to have the Comunidad de Madrid as our partner in helping spread the joy of One Team throughout the city.”
On Friday, an example of a typical One Team training session was led by One Team personnel from both Euroleague Basketball and Real Madrid, whose own project reaches people with physical and intellectual disabilities through the Sport for Integration initiative of the Real Madrid Foundation.
The high point of the One Madrid project will come on Final Four weekend, May 14 to 16 in the Spanish capital, when both teachers and students from their schools and programs will be included in activities surrounding the event, both at the Euroleague Fan Zone and on the court at BarclayCard Center, host of the Final Four.
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