As part of the partnership between BKT and One Team, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul held two special sessions dedicated to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 13 (Climate Change).
Fenerbahce, One Team and BKT support UN Sustainable Development goals
The sessions were held at the recently refurbished indoor court at TEB Atasehir Anatolian High School in Istanbul, and gave Fenerbahce’s One Team participants the opportunity to learn important tips about these vital themes.
The meeting on gender equality was attended by four special guests: Fenerbahce star and One Team Ambassador Ismet Akpinar, the club’s Director of Basketball Operations Defne Patir, and Turkish boxers Busra Isildar and Evin Erginoguz.
Several different activities around gender equality were staged and world champion boxer Isildar thought it was a very worthwhile discussion as she said: “I gained new feelings and thoughts about gender equality in every sense in a very nice conversational atmosphere.”
The next session was dedicated to climate change, with the objective of using the power of basketball to create awareness among the children about the importance of looking after the planet – and the consequences if we don’t.
Fenerbahce’s One Team coaches – who supported both sessions – were joined by two guests: Baran Aslan, Fenerbahce Loleji Safiport player, and Bilge Han Kahraman, Marketing Director of Fenerium, a company that is working with Fenerbahce to transform waste into basketball jerseys through a plastic recycling process.
The club’s One Team Manager Manager Mert Ahmet Gunduz said: “This week’s theme was climate change, sustainability and ecology. The children had a lot of fun both this week and with the whole program. They also had the opportunity to improve themselves by raising awareness of all the subjects we cover. Children are our future, and especially this age group is important to us.”
Both the Atasehir Anatolian High School and the Fenerbahce representatives were very happy with the outcome of the sessions, and thanked Euroleague Basketball and BKT for this amazing opportunity.