ANDn 2019 the movie ‘Champions’ from Javier Fesser won the Goya for best film, but more important than the award was the give visibility to a message that has penetrated society, that of an ebasketball team of people with intellectual disabilities that improved their independence, physical health and autonomy while enjoying the sport.
There are many projects that now coexist in Spain in which through the FEDDI (Spanish Federation of Sports for People with Intellectual Disabilities) they work for the social inclusion of these people through sport.
The good thing about ‘Basketball Without Features’ is that here, regardless of the result, nobody loses
The captain of Fuenlabrada, Chema González, has been collaborating with the Association for years ‘Basketball Without Features’, in which they work on social inclusion for those people with the practice of basketball. “The good thing about ‘Traitless Basketball’ is that here, regardless of the result, nobody loses”, explains the pivot to MARCA.
“It is a club that has three workouts a week, then compete on weekends in the FEMADDI League“explains González.” And also in summer we have a campus adapted for them that bears my name, although I do this more as a graduate in sports physical activity than as an athlete “.
The objectives are clear: “We work with them to try to give them opportunities, like anyone else. There is a job behind that we are giving visibility to. It is about labor inclusion, and there is no better inclusion for them than being able to work, and no greater autonomy either., because if they start to work, they have their salary … it is a step that we want to continue taking “.
The task is complex: “There are those who understand things very well the first time and are very disciplined and others do not.. There are many levels of disability, and you as a coach have to adapt the workouts to a level where everyone can have fun and improve. “
A life learning
Players and their coaches enjoy it: “They come delighted because it is their passion and they enjoy it. And for me it is a life learning see how sport helps them in their quality of life. You see a boy who in the early days of campus you have to bend over to put his socks on and tie his sneakers, and in the last few days he’s almost done it alone. It is admirable how they overcome the barriers. Being able to be with them is the best gift for me. ”
They come delighted because it is their passion and they enjoy it. And for me it is a lifelong learning to see how sport helps them in their quality of life. It is admirable how they overcome the barriers. Being able to be with them is the best gift for me
His work is “very comforting. I do it for them, so that they enjoy and have the opportunity to train with an ACB player, just like any other boy without disabilities goes to the Doncic campus or other players. I do it from the heart, everything what I gain is learning from them. “