For the second year in a row, Euroleague for Life is using basketball to lift spirits in the host city of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a court refurbishment in one of Barcelona's oldest and best-known neighborhoods.
On Thursday morning, May 5, superstars from all the Final Four teams will join in the inauguration of Aurora's Court in the heart of Raval, located on the west side of the city's famous boulevard, La Rambla.
With the support of Euroleague Basketball official sponsor Mondo, a global leader in sports flooring and installations, and Gran Via 2 , a well-known commercial center nearby Palau Sant Jordi, that has offered its contribution for the celebration of the ceremony , the court refurbishment organized by Euroleague Basketball and the City Council of Barcelona promises local children in Raval and the larger Ciutat Vella zone surrounding it basketball enjoyment that will last well beyond the weekend of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.
Mondo has generously donated all the new sports equipment for Aurora's Court, and Gran Via 2 has contributed the court painting as well as all the decoration, music and other technical needs for the celebration of the opening. On Thursday, May 5, a group of children from Ciutat Vella will be on hand to have an opportunity to meet star players from Maccabi Electra, Montepaschi Siena, Panathinaikos Athens and Real Madrid, all of them in town for the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, being played from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8. In addition to showing their basketball skills and technique on the newly improved court, the players will give basketball instruction to the children.
The court refurbishment follows on a similar collaboration between Mondo and Euroleague Basketball that was carried during last season's Final Four that benefitted patients at the Hospital Salpetriere in the Parisian neighborhood of Austerlitz.
Euroleague For Life, the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Euroleague Basketball, seeks through the example and cooperation of our players, teams and leagues, to encourage and motivate people to choose sport as a way of life.