About us

The Ricky Rubio Foundation’s
areas of focus

Lung Cancer

OUR FIGHT

Increase lung cancer awarness through digital campaigns. Support our allies’ fundraising campaigns”.

Underprivileged Youth

OUR FIGHT

Youth support in vulnerable neighborhoods in Catalonia and Salt Lake City through valued based afterschool basketball programs.

Disabled Youth

OUR FIGHT

We support special Olympics’ Unified Basketball, a basket program where teams are composed of people with and without intellectual disabilities.


History

Since I started playing basketball, I have always thought about how to leverage professional sports to help others and how to have an impact on the greater community.

I had always tossed around the idea of starting a foundation until the decision to act became clear. My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2012. The following four years were some of my hardest. In one of my last conversations with my mom, I promised her that I would do everything in my power to help others.

Vulnerable children and youth is one of my focuses since I feel strongly about helping them grow and integrate into society in a healthy manner. The other objective of my foundation is the fight against lung cancer in terms of both awareness and prevention.


Global money raised
& what we have achieved

  • Iniciar las gestiones para atraer patrocinadores y colaboradores que hagan posibles nuestros objetivos.
  • Amplia participación mediática en el Dia Mundial del Cáncer de Pulmón (17 de Noviembre 2018) con la emisión de un vídeo sobre esta enfermedad con la participación de Ricky Rubio, el escritor Eduardo Mendoza y el Dr. Santiado Viteri, especialista e investigador.
  • Puesta en marcha de una sala de confort para pacientes y acompañantes en junto a Instituto Oncológico Rosell en las dependencias del Hospital Quirón.
  • Viaje en familia a Nueva York del niño Luca de la Vega (12 años, Mataró), enfermo de un cáncer muy agresivo. TRRF los invitó al partido Nknicks-Utah de la NBA donde vivo una experiencia inolvidable.
  • Desarrollo del programa Community Team en la Assossiació Esportiva Ciutat Vella del Raval (Barcelona) a favor de 300 niños y niñas que además de poder jugar a Basket con la ayuda de los servicios sociales del Ajuntament de Barcelona han recibido de TRRF material en forma de uniformes y un proceso de implementación de las Habilidades para la Vida promovidas por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS). Esta doble vía de educación no formal y deportiva se realiza mediante la formación específica de entrenadores para que dispongan de recursos y herramientas psicopedagógicas suficientes.


2019 Challenges
of the Foundation

  • Sensibilizar a la comunidad sobre el cáncer de pulmón, un tipo de enfermedad muy difícil de diagnosticar hasta que ha avanzado, em muchos casos letal y silenciosamente. Prevenirlo precozmente con la difusión social de buenos consejos, colaborar en la investigación y prestar apoyo a los pacientes y a sus familias.
  • A través del baloncesto, contribuir a la integración y socialización de adolescentes y jóvenes sin recursos para actividades extraescolares.
  • Dar visibilidad y apoyo a Special Olympics como embajador internacional.

Ricky Rubio

Founder

NBA professional basketball player

Josep Cortada

Trustee

CEO in Advance Inspiring Social Innovation


Testimonials

Dr. Santiago Viteri

Dr. Santiago Viteri

Researcher at Instituto Oncológico Rosell

"The most important and effective treatment is prevention and to detect cancer as early as possible. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that does not have clear symptoms and it is complicated to fight once has spread. It is clear what is the first step to take: Do not smoke. We cannot assure that a smoker will suffer lung cancer but we can say that the majority of the cases of lung cancer are from people who smoke. We do not need technology to help to avoid lung cancer, we just need to keep away from tobacco,” said Dr. Santiago Viteri researcher at The Instituto Oncologico Rossell in the Universitari Dexeus Hospital. Last year more than 28,000 new cases were diagnosed with lung cancer."

Laia

Laia

Entrenadora Community Team

"It has been a different and a pleasant experience to have Ricky Rubio as an ambassador to our activities during the whole school year. Despite the fact that Ricky is far away in Utah, we have felt him really close to us thanks to his constant messages and his team always by our side. Today, our children from Associacio Esportiva Ciutat Vella are wearing your t-shirt with pride, passion and respect. All the people involved in this project feel that sport is a necessity to educate children socially. For the little ones it is the best way to prepare them for real life. Thanks to basketball they are learning how to navigate through life, how to make their own decisions and most importantly how to make decisions knowing that they will have consequences not only individually but on their team, family and school.”

Testimonials

Dr. Santiago Viteri

Dr. Santiago Viteri

Researcher at Instituto Oncológico Rosell

"The most important and effective treatment is prevention and to detect cancer as early as possible. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that does not have clear symptoms and it is complicated to fight once has spread. It is clear what is the first step to take: Do not smoke. We cannot assure that a smoker will suffer lung cancer but we can say that the majority of the cases of lung cancer are from people who smoke. We do not need technology to help to avoid lung cancer, we just need to keep away from tobacco,” said Dr. Santiago Viteri researcher at The Instituto Oncologico Rossell in the Universitari Dexeus Hospital. Last year more than 28,000 new cases were diagnosed with lung cancer."

Laia

Laia

Entrenadora Community Team

"It has been a different and a pleasant experience to have Ricky Rubio as an ambassador to our activities during the whole school year. Despite the fact that Ricky is far away in Utah, we have felt him really close to us thanks to his constant messages and his team always by our side. Today, our children from Associacio Esportiva Ciutat Vella are wearing your t-shirt with pride, passion and respect. All the people involved in this project feel that sport is a necessity to educate children socially. For the little ones it is the best way to prepare them for real life. Thanks to basketball they are learning how to navigate through life, how to make their own decisions and most importantly how to make decisions knowing that they will have consequences not only individually but on their team, family and school.”

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