5 +11 Foundation closes another season fulfilling by far the commitment acquired towards social responsibility. Throughout the entire season 5 +11 Foundation has developed many social activities in collaboration with institutions, organizations, groups and different nonprofit organizations from Araba. All this in addition to the work done with youth teams and with the School of Basketball, the foundation takes a step forward.
United for sports, every season, 5 +11 Foundation continues to work to instill positive values in society and promote social development in our region. In order to implement various actions to support, disseminate or sensitize, 5 +11 Foundation continues to work to reach the largest possible number of people. Laboral Kutxa players and Team Mascot actively participate in all organized activities.
The season began with the Provincial Council Trophy, in collaboration with the Association of Araba Federations, which was very useful to bring basketball to the social mass. The match´s objective was to raise money for the youth categories and farm teams of sports in our territory.
In October, the Association of Families of Children with Heart Disease “Bihotzez” held a children’s party. Baskonia wanted to join it with the presence of Aker in the sports center of Mendizorroza who gave out several shirts signed by the players and 2 balls also signed by the entire staff of Laboral Kutxa .
Last October, Laboral Kutxa players wanted to join the Red Cross Solidarity Race on which they carried out the award ceremony. The objective of this event was to involve citizens in collecting items for feeding infants from Araba who are on a situation of social exclusion. This race was intended to involve the population in the aid to groups that are suffering this crisis the most.
Under the slogan “Drops for Niger” and together with UNICEF for another year, 5 +11 Foundation has been present in the “Solidarity Swimming” day.
The Buesa Arena became this season the speaker of ERDF Basque Country, Association of affected by rare diseases. Many familiar faces were present at the party supporting the cause such as Maider Unda or Joseba Beloki, although there were a few who did so from a distance through a video. A sale of raffle tickets for solidarity was held, in which the Foundation contributed with sporting goods signed by the players, as well as tickets and passes for the remainder of the season. During this season, the foundation has also been actively working with the Food Bank. Supporters and players got involved in order to collect as much food as possible during the Christmas season, so that no Vitorian family would be missing anything on the table during those special days.
Also during Christmas, several Baskonia players dressed up as Olentzero to make a special visit to the young people who were hospitalized at Txagorritxu Hospital. 5 +11 Foundation has also collaborated with various associations by donating sports equipment. The Benim charity project, sponsored by the Society of African Missions, for the expedition to the Sahara by Lua Zai Association or the NGO project, to be undertaken in Haiti, among others, have had the help of the Foundation.
In addition, throughout the season, 15 schools in the province of Araba have enjoyed visits from many Laboral Kutxa first team players. Through these visits Baskonia Players wanted to instill good values and habits to students. There have been many sports clubs and school teams that during the season have come by the Buesa Arena in order to play recreational games and then stay to enjoy Laboral Kutxa games.
Baskonia also wanted to join the “One Team” Euroleague project and through 5 +11 Foundation created an School of Basketball team intended for children at risk of social exclusion in which they have been given the opportunity to practice one of their favorite sports.
Along with the Brotherhood of the White Virgin, collaboration was agreed in order to disseminate and schedule solidarity actions that give value to the Heritage of our Territory. They’ll do this by publicizing through sports activities, the objectives of a supportive and open Brotherhood, which represents the best values of Vitorian citizenship. Also, they´ll highlight the solidarity and values that sports associations like Baskonia and Alaves generate so all together we can create a Vitoria-Gasteiz where coexistence is better every day
This was a solidarity action to achieve funds for the payment of artisans and material that are necessary for the construction of the new float “Luminous Mysteries”.
Finally, from the Foundation we have kept collaborating with Down Araba-Isabel Orbe. On a regular season game, a charity raffle was held during halftime.