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ONE TEAM and Special Olympics Announce New Partnership

November 07, 2012

A new partnership between Special Olympics and Euroleague's ONE TEAM program will see more athletes get the opportunity to play the magnetic game of Basketball across Europe

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(l-r) Mirek Krogulec, Senior Manager Special Olympics, Maureen Rabbitt, Communications Director Special Olympics, Isabel Gultresa, ONE TEAM Director, Jordi Bertomeu, President & CEO Euroleague

A Partnership that will Change Lives

Barcelona, Spain: Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organisation dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sport is pleased to announce the official partnership between Special Olympics and Euroleague Basketball’s acclaimed corporate social responsibility programme, One Team. The partnership was announced at Euroleague’s annual One Team workshop in Barcelona.

"Special Olympics is one of the beacons of sport and social development and we are excited to partner with them through One Team," stated Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball's President and CEO. “This partnership enhances a long-term relationship with Special Olympics through our Final Four collaborations. Now we are in a position to take that further through the One Team program and turn that relationship into a year-round partnership."

The partnership will see One Team and Special Olympics work together on a number of initiatives involving on-the-ground projects, skills exchanges and mutual support.

"Special Olympics is delighted to become a key strategic partner of Euroleague One Team," stated Mary Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia. "Now we have a stronger platform than ever before to use the power and joy of basketball to transform the lives of players with intellectual disabilities. One Team clubs and Special Olympics coaches and volunteers can together create valuable coaching and education programmes that will be powerful vehicles for inclusion and positive social change.”

"One Team is designed to use sport and social development as a means to achieve positive social change against a range of issues," said Isabel Gultresa, One Team Director. "For many years, Special Olympics has pioneered the use of sport to provide inspiration for and showcase those with special needs. We look forward to a close partnership and welcome Special Olympics to One Team."

Fifteen clubs from across the league are in Barcelona for the second annual One Team workshop together with partners, Euroleague members and experts in sport and social development. 

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A global leader in sports management, Euroleague Basketball is enjoying its second decade of sustained growth as an innovative organizer of elite competitions and events. Euroleague Basketball was founded in 2000 and it now manages the continent's two premier basketball competitions, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup, consisting of more than 60 teams from as many as 25 countries. Each season culminates in the naming of a continental champion at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, now a signature event on the world sports calendar. All recent Final Fours have been broadcast live to nearly 200 countries on all five continents, matching the company's growth both on line and in arena attendance. Euroleague Basketball also directs the Nike International Junior Tournament, a half-year, four-country competition which crowns a young men's continental champion each spring.




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.



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