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The two FC Barcelona basketball players took part in a workshop for members of the Special Olympics Catalunya, the Catalan Sport Federation for children learning disabilites and a group of youngsters from his native Slovenia
Nachbar with youngsters at the workshop. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA / FCB
This Thursday the first season of the basketball Euroleague project ‘One Team’ took place with the collaboration once again this year of the FC Barcelona Foundation.
Àlex Abrines and Bostjan Nachbar put on a basketball workshop for some thirty members of the Special Olympics Catalunya organisation and from the Catalan Federation of Sport for people with learning disabilities (ACELL in Catalan). For Abrines it was a special experience and he added that he greatly enjoys taking part in initiatives such as this one and that he tries to help youngsters “as much as possible”.
Kids all the way from Slovenia
The session took place in the Municipal Sports Centre Mundet in Barcelona and it included some special guests who had come all the way from Slovenia to take part in the workshop, many of them making their first ever trip in an aeroplane in the process. Eight youngsters who are involved in various Foundation social projects ‘Life is Basketball’ that has been started by Nachbar in his native country. The power forward said it was “important for these kids to have come to Barcelona” and he confessed to being very proud that this personal project that he started over five years ago has now begun to cross borders.
Representing the Foundation at the event was board member Lola Bou who described the initiative as “fantastic” and she remarked that basketball is “an excellent sport to promote values.”
‘One Team’ is a social project created by the Euroleague that attempts to use basketball to promote social integration, gender equality and positive values amongst young people.