Barça basketball team visits children’s hospital


Adam Hanga, Marc Garcia, Kevin Seraphin, Rodions Kurucs, Rakim Sanders, Edwin Jackson and Petteri Koponen take gifts to hospitalised children in Barcelona.

Seven members of the Barça Lassa basketball team have visited children at the Hospital de Nens de Barcelona today. The players used the experience to take presents to the children, including posters, cards, caps and photos, ass well as enjoying spending some time with the little ones. They were joined on the visit by Mr Ramon Garriga, patron of the Barça Foundation, and Ferran Butxaca and Xavi Gomis from the Barça Lassa sports commission... The Barça entourage was welcomed to the hospital by Dr Massaguer, director general of Hospital de Nens de Barcelona.


The activity forms part of the new Barça initiative called ‘It’s Christmas all Year’, which seeks to encourage experiences involving professionals from the different sports team at the club to help improve the emotional well-being of hospitalised children, whereby the members of the different professional teams will be visiting different hospitals in Catalonia over the course of the year.


The players were able to visit young boys and girls that play basketball and who got the chance to spend some time with their heroes. All of the players reported on what an enriching experience it has been. They were also visibly pleased to have been able to help to raise the children’s spirits at such difficult times so early in their lives.


By the same program, the Barça Foundation has sent Barça’s professional roller hockey players to Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Today it was the turn of Svetislav Pesic’s squad to visit Hospital de Nens, and the handball team will be doing something very similar shortly.


Statement by Rakeem Sanders:


“It was a great experience, very emotional, but also a great experience. To see the children smiling and how happy their families were was absolutely fantastic”.


Statement by Adam Hanga


“It was a great experience not only for them, but also for us. Seeing children smile if the greatest thing. It’s important for us to do things like this. It means we are doing something good and makes us grow”.