Goals for EBW 2016
European Basketball Week is part of Special Olympics’ on-going commitment to increase the number of registered basketball players in Europe to 60,000 with 600 additional volunteer coaches by 2016.
“It is a pleasure for FIBA Europe to be supporting this celebration of basketball in Europe. I call it a celebration, because that is exactly what European Basketball Week is. It promotes basketball along the same values that we at FIBA Europe prescribe to: making basketball accessible to everybody, from every walk of life. It also excites me to see the Special Olympics community embracing 3x3 basketball, which is rapidly transforming the basketball landscape, taking our sport in an exciting new direction, by opening the basketball community to even more players,” stated Kamil Novak, Executive Director FIBA Europe.
Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO Euroleague Basketball, commented: “We are delighted to continue working with Special Olympics in spreading the message of integration through basketball in our One Team Week games. During this week Euroleague Basketball celebrates the ongoing social work that our teams are doing in their communities through our social program; One Team. Special Olympics uses the power of sport to fight against exclusion and this is a message that we fully embrace. Together we are making an important and positive change in the lives of those that face difficulties.”