About this project
On the 19th of June 2018, Ricky Rubio became the ambassador of The Special Olympics to recognize his implication and personal dedication to integrate and normalize this collective in The United States and Spain over the past few years.
SUPPORT TO THE UNIFIED BASKETBALL
As his first event as an ambassador, Ricky also supported the II Unified Basketball Tournament which took place in Spain on June 2018 at The Olympic Sports Facilities in Badalona, a place full of good memories because it was there where he started learning how to play basketball. Also where he debut for the first time as a professional basketball player with basketball Juventut team. A year later, June 2019, the third edition of Unified Basketball Tournament took place in Masnou, were Ricky was born. The tournament was celebrated at sports facilities Masnou, were Ricky and his Foundation helped to improve the facilities a year before. The Unified Basketball Tournament is a mix of teams were players with or without disabilities share a sport, basketball. It is a tournament that has a clear message: to promote values and normalize this collective between society through sport.
“When we talk about normalizing and adapting the life of certain people in our society, sometimes sports becomes a powerful tool to do so, with less theory and more practical results. I am up for it. Basketball and unified sports are not a request that society imposes on you. It is, on the contrary, an activity that everyone has the right to practice. We cannot denied this right to anyone, and we should all support the ones who may struggle the most when to practice sports. It is about practicing sports as a team, together, something that should not be difficult for anyone as it is an activity that provides a big dose of enthusiasm, effort, teamwork, responsibility and organization. To make a team and play with this collective, it teaches us all that it is an opportunity to discover another layer of sports that it is fascinating. Basketball also, makes it easy, because without a team playing together there is no basketball”
said Rubio on the 19th of June, 2018
The work and support is presented on a regular basis in his professional life. During 2018 and 2019 Ricky participated in different events in The United States and also at his Sports Camps NBA Cres has always been invited to.