Euroleague Basketball wants to express its gratitude to the 173 volunteers that joined the competition’s staff to help make the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Belgrade, Serbia one of the best-organized sporting events of its kind ever. The number of volunteers, as well as their duties, have increased over the years. Volunteers were present not just at Stark Arena, but also in the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Fan Zone at Kalemegdan Fortress and several hotels in the Serbian capital.
“The role of volunteers in the success of the Final Four was once again evident to everyone in Belgrade,” Roser Queralto, Chief Business Development Officer of Euroleague Basketball, said. “They have all our heartfelt appreciation for their enthusiasm and effort in making sure that the weekend runs smoothly for locals, visitors and the entire European basketball family.”
Volunteers had many different duties, working in different areas such as accreditations, public assistance, stats, media, corporate social responsibility, in-house TV, promos, branding, stage management, doping control and the volunteers center. They also helped team delegates, competition runners and the Euroleague Basketball staff at Stark Arena. At the ANGT, volunteers also helped in many ways: an announcer, four ball boys, two competition runners, two court group leaders, eight assistants to team delegates, two people recording games and three helping with stats. As many as 38 volunteers helped at the Fan Zone and 12 others worked in hotels.
The volunteers were treated to a special welcome from Euroleague Basketball Ambassadors Joe Arlauckas and Dusko Savanovic in a special event at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on Wednesday morning that tipped off the Final Four weekend for One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program. Local players Branko Lazic and Ognjen Dobric of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and Mihajlo Andric of Partizan NIS Belgrade – who have supported One Team throughout the season as ambassadors for their club’s programs – were also in attendance to join a fun series of activities promoting the importance of teamwork. It was also a fun occasion for the volunteers, who also had a chance to pose for photos with the trophy.
Volunteers from 15 different countries were working at the Final Four. As many as 31 of them had been with the organization for more than one Final Four and 10 of those have been to at least three Final Fours.
Thank you very much, volunteers!