Within the scope of Fenerbahçe Beko 2021-2022 Euroleague One Team Program, which lasted ten weeks and aimed at social gain through basketball, a renovation work was carried out by BKT, one of the Euroleague sponsors, in the indoor and outdoor basketball courts of our social partner Teb Ataşehir Anatolian High School.
The opening of the field, on which the renovation work was carried out, was held on Thursday, April 28, at 10:00, with a ceremony held at Teb Ataşehir Anatolian High School.
At the opening, Fenerbahçe Beko General Manager Maurizio Gherardini and Deputy General Manager Derya Yannier, One Team ambassadors Pierria Henry and İsmet Akpınar and One Team program guests as well as Ataşehir District National Education Manager İsmail Günday, Euroleague representatives Abigail Martin, Ferran Neira Torne, BKT representatives Lucia Salmaso , Marco Santin, Federico Fantini, Turkish Airlines representative Emel Autumn and TEB Ataşehir Anatolian High School students.
After the special opening speech of the event guests, basketball training and games developed to improve social skills were held with the participation of Fenerbahçe Beko One Team ambassadors and program participants in the event, which lasted approximately one hour. After the games were over, a field tour was held, accompanied by program participant Suna Ölmez, talking about the renovation and change of the indoor and outdoor field. The acrobatic basketball show also added color to the day.
Speaking after the event, EuroLeague Sustainability and Development Projects Director Abigail Martin said, “I am honored to open these magnificent courts, which we have renewed thanks to our partnership with BKT, which is supported by Turkish Airlines and represented by our club Fenerbahçe Beko and One Team on this occasion. These courts, which will make a positive change in the daily lives of TEB Ataşehir Anatolian High School students, are another great way to continue celebrating the tenth anniversary of One Team.” she said.
BKT General Manager Lucia Salmaso expressed her views on this special event: “As BKT, we are extremely happy to contribute to the growth of the love of sports. We are proud that our support has finally made the gym of TEB Ataşehir Anatolian High School accessible and new. In this way, students will find the special welcome that only sports can offer. BKT wants to go beyond its sponsorship role. The main goal is to leave a mark, to help communities around the world grow through sport. We want to take concrete steps and contribute to such projects that enable everyone to experience sports better through participation and sharing.” expressed in his words.
Fenerbahçe Beko player İsmet Akpınar, who had a pleasant time with the students throughout the event, said, “It was great to see the children having fun and I am really happy with the cooperation of my club with One Team and BKT to provide more access to the students’ basketball facilities. Regular exercise is a very important part of growing up to stay mentally and physically fit. I look forward to returning to the pitch for more One Team sessions in the future.” said.
Two more special training sessions will take place in the fields where renovation work has been carried out, depending on the Fenerbahçe Beko 2021-2022 Euroleague One Team program, which will address SDG5 (Gender Equality) and SDG13 (Climate Change/Action), which are among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.