The 2021-22 winners of the One Team Awards were announced during the 12th One Team Annual Workshop in Castelldefels, Barcelona, on July 14. For the second year in a row, Olympiacos Piraeus won the One Team Gold Program award. The One Team Silver Program prize went to Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and the One Team Bronze Program trophy was won by Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Additionally, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan was recognized with the Judges' Award for Community Development, while Olympiacos forward Kostas Papanikolaou took home the Best One Team Ambassador distinction.
The One Team program celebrated its 10th anniversary during the 2021-22 season. Ever since its founding in 2012, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program has been able to count on the support of Turkish Airlines and its long-term partnership with Special Olympics, as the clubs in Europe's two most prestigious basketball club competitions use the power of basketball to make a difference in their local communities.
Many Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup teams made strong improvements to their social responsibility programs last season, even though the COVID-19 pandemic made this more difficult due to the restrictions still in place in some countries.
"Once again, we are beyond proud of how so many EuroLeague and EuroCup clubs overcame adversity to deliver important, positive One Team experiences to their participants last season," Roser Queralto, Euroleague Basketball's Chief Business Development Officer, said. "The return to in-person sessions was clearly beneficial to everyone involved, and you only have to see the smiles on the faces of the participants to know that. We wish to congratulate all the award winners for going the extra distance to make their programs as special as they were and to assure that One Team enters into its second decade with even greater ambitions to help more and more people in our communities."
Olympiacos used the values of basketball in its One Team program with the 1st Elementary School of Agios Dimitrios, as it provided assistance for 20 children with intellectual disabilities between the ages of nine and 13 from the region of Athens. The club also had a program that provided expert support and care to adults, minors or adolescents who have spent time in closed child-protection institutions.
Penelope Giovanovits, One Team Manager from Olympiacos Piraeus, said: "We at Olympiacos cannot believe that we have won this award for the second year in a row. One Team is a big family that unites people and clubs, as it creates projects every year that improve lives. We are excited being part of this and thankful for the award. We would also like to congratulate our forward, Kostas Papanikolaou, for winning the Best One Team Ambassador award."