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  • Community partner: Yeditepe Special Education Vocational High School
  • Social issue: Physical disabilities
  • Ambassadors: Nigel Hayes-Davis, Ismet Akpinar
  • Main life skills: Self-confidence, motivation, responsibility

About the program:

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul is delivering its One Team program with the help of the club’s partner, Beko, and Atasehir Municipality, as it looks to support students from the public Yeditepe Special Education Vocational High School. This school, which is for students with special needs and hearing impairments, offers these children vocational education in the fields of information technologies, food and beverage services, and clothing production technology. A group of 15 students aged between 14 and 16 – both boys and girls – will participate in the Fenerbahce Beko One Team program, which will look to improve different life skills by using basketball as a tool in a fun and engaging way. One of the most important goals is that the students gain self-confidence and motivation to be more active and responsible. The program also will include sessions on health and well-being, along with ways that they can help support other sustainability topics. The program is supported by experienced Fenerbahce youth-team coaches, teachers from the school, experts from Beko and volunteers from Istanbul Bilgi University.