FIBA in Europe, along with 25 national basketball federations, continue to give strong backing to #EBW2017 as well as supporting the Special Olympics message of inclusion. In 2017, Special Olympics will be visibly promoted at FIBA European qualifier matches throughout November and December.
Euroleague Basketball's ONE TEAM programme, together with 40 European clubs, will also show their commitment and support to #EBW2017 by dedicating a number of ONE TEAM WEEK matches to Special Olympics on 19-20 December.
FIBA Europe's General Secretary Kamil Novak, WNBA player and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Elena Delle Donne and Euroleague Basketball Legend and One Team Euroleague Ambassador Theo Papaloukas have all shown their support in the past.
Kamil Novak, Executive Director FIBA Europe believes in the power of inclusion through sport. “FIBA Europe is thrilled to support this year’s Special Olympics European Basketball Week once again! I see this event as a celebration of basketball in Europe, the accessibility of basketball for everyone and a demonstration of inclusion. These are the same values that FIBA prescribe to. It also excites me to see the commitment of the Special Olympics community to embrace mini-basketball and 3x3 basketball, which is rapidly transforming the basketball landscape, by opening the basketball community to even more players.”
Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO Euroleague Basketball, says his organization is proud to support and play Unified with Special Olympics athletes all over Europe. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Special Olympics in spreading the message of integration through basketball with our One Team Week games involving all our 40 teams. At Euroleague Basketball, we celebrate the ongoing social work that our teams are doing in their communities through our social programme; One Team. Special Olympics uses the power of sport to empower inclusion in communities and this is a message that we fully embrace. Together, we are making an important and positive change in the lives of many.”