ニュース | 11/02/2014"A bit of the Copa del Rey title won in Malaga is also for everyone in this school", the president stated during the ceremony.
The Copa del Rey win against Barcelona in Malaga was also mentioned during the ceremony. Florentino Pérez presented the trophy to the students, who had their photos taken with it: "We brought the Cup so you can all behold it. It gives us pride to reinforce the idea that with passion and teamwork you can overcome any obstacle, just as the team did in Malaga. The Foundation is the heart and soul of our club and this is another step towards us transmitting our passion and values to all the teams. A bit of this Cup is also for everyone in this school".
The mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, had some words of thanks for the Foundation: "I would like to thank [the Foundation] for the hard work done for children and young people in our city, as well as for those most in need of help. If sport shows us how to live, then team sports show us how to live together. The most important thing is learning the values associated with playing sports, and this school is an example of that".
The aim of the school
This project was spawned from the five successful editions of the inclusive basketball campus, in which year after year youngsters with and without wheelchairs have learned that those whose conditions or circumstances require them to remain in a wheelchair, and whose mobility is very restricted even with the chair, need to stay active through sport.
Former player Rafael Rullán, who is now responsible for the Real Madrid Foundation’s Basketball Sport Schools, was in charge of receiving the invitees and explaining the project to them, and also introduced them to the enthusiast students. This pilot school has been developed with the collaboration of the Madrid City Council, who provided the facility, and the help of Banco Espírito Santo. The wheelchair program, which began this season, has continued with the addition of two more groups, which means there will be 20 more direct beneficiaries in addition to the original eight.
Adapted activity students, especially those in wheelchairs, need special attention. The aim of the Real Madrid Foundation is not to compete, but rather to transmit its values through team sport and integrate people through basketball, and thereby turn the sport into an activity for everyone, no matter their circumstances.