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  • Community partner: Unitimsah
  • Social issue: Intellectual disabilities
  • Ambassadors: Onuralp Bitim, Derek Needham
  • Main life skills: Self-confidence, communication skills

About the program:

Frutti Extra Bursaspor in partnering with Unitimsah for its One Team program, as it supports students with special needs from Tophane Vocational Technical Anatolian High School. Unitimsah is Bursa's largest non-governmental organization, which operates in 56 cities in Turkey and in five countries overall. The program has been in operation since October 2022, and it is working with 12 boys aged between the ages of 13 and 16. Bursaspor is running 10 weekly One Team sessions with the goal of helping the participants improve their self-confidence and communication skills. In addition to the One Team on-court sessions, the participants will also use their skills away from the court to produce basketball hoops that will be donated to different disadvantaged schools, especially from rural areas. The program is supported by Unitimsah volunteers, who take an important role within the sessions, and it funded by Frutti Extra and some local sponsors from Bursa. This season, Bursaspor first-team players Onuralp Bitim and Derek Needham are supporting the program as One Team Ambassadors.