Gianluca has learned many skills from his time spent playing basketball. He started at age ten and eight years later he was playing in the Italian minors leagues. But it is not the professional achievements he managed to gain that mean so much. It is the personal achievements – the ability to learn how to be part of a team, how to face problems together, how to help each other and how to respect those who are playing against you. These are the skills Gianluca wants to teach the children he’ll be meeting as part of this essential charity work. They are also essential life skills, as well as skills that will help those who want to play basketball.
Gianluca also wants to encourage others to get involved with the charity. It’s a good idea to think about where you can help kids as well as how. Getting the kids off the street and giving them enjoyment in sport as well as teaching them these skills is essential. Above all, they’ll be able to play with a ball in a nice place, with good conditions that previously they only dreamed about.
If you want to help you’ll be wondering how you can do this, even if you cannot find the time to help them in a more direct way through sports training. You can donate equipment like shorts, t-shirts, shoes, balls and basket hoops at different heights for different ages. Even if you think you’d throw your own shoes out, you can donate them to the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities charity.