Basketball sharpens wits to fight coronavirus (Alex Gozalbo)

Ari Ortega, Adrià Castejón and Pere Purrà are three basketball coaches that have started up the campaign Mark your play on the coronavirus, an initiative that seeks to raise € 5,000 to support Vall d’Hebron Hospital and help it fight against coronavirus. A few days after announcing their crowdfunding campaign, they have already raised almost 2,000 euros.

“The basketball coaching staff has been able to reinvent itself during confinement to continue forming and sharing content. We saw that all was very beneficial but a little endogamous and they asked us what we could do to help. to better the situation we are living in, “says Ortega, a 27-year-old coach from EU Montgat. The technicians did not want to be left folded. “Our contribution will be small but it will add up and it may help that we can get out of this situation sooner. As coaches and trainers we always have to ask ourselves what we can do to improve things,” he says.

“Our contribution will be small, but it will add”

Ari Otega Coach UE Montgat

The campaign, which has had the collaboration of players such as Ricky Rubio, Laia Palau and Helena Oma, and coaches such as Carles Duran, Jaume Ponsarnau, Joan Plaza, Ricard Casas and Fabián Téllez, has received wide distribution in the networks social. “We have come up with two lines of response. People contribute a lot to the initiative through social media, but we believe that there is more potential for it to end up materializing in the financial contribution. The world of basketball people is moving a lot of people and the time has come to do something useful, “Ortega argues that Saturday had to begin the Spanish Championship mini basketball coaching assistant collaborator of the Catalan men.

“Most of the celebrities we have contacted have an immediate, positive response,” says Ortega. The promoters of Mark your play on the coronavirus they opted for My grain of sand because Vall d’Hebron Hospital already had an open account. “So the money goes directly to them, without having to go through our hands,” argues Ortega, who emphasized the selfless collaboration that clubs such as the Feminine Sant Adrià, Bisbal Basketball and CB Parets have had.


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