We Will Roll You
Short Description and Goal
In wheelchair basketball, everybody is sitting on the same level, with the same initial situation and facing the same challenges. No matter which background, gender, or disability every child has to learn the same communication and the behaving rules on the court. In August 2020 the Iguanas team hosted a Wheelchairbasketball Clash with the participation of the national teams from Russia, Austria and Switzerland. Wewillrollyou Project invited all children and young people to try this amazing team sport and participate in a clash with the professional players.
High Art Bureau GmbH proudly presents the project We Will Roll You. 2018 we helped the sports club RBB München E.V. to become a grant for the school project. From fundraising to PR and project management issues – we are glad to contribute our know-how to such an important and great initiative!
Inclusion is a big subject in Europe. Nevertheless, many state institutions do not know how to behave, so inclusion becomes a “natural way” to live, learn, and work.
Depending on your ability to play basketball you as a player are ranked from 1 to 4. People with no disabilities get 4. The sum of all team members shouldn’t be higher than 14,5 points. Some disabilities can’t be seen from the first look, but if they influence your game, it affects the ranking. The ranking system and team rank limit affect the coach’s strategy for the game.
The event was scheduled just before the European championship on paralympic basketball in September 2020. Another reason for it was that the funding organization paid for 2 years of activities, and some of them were supposed to be public, including one for the summer.
Organizers thought it would be great to organize a friendly tournament, as a warm-up to the championship and an international networking event to build a community. They sent invitations to fellow clubs and professional teams in 6 countries. Russia, Austria, and Switzerland send their national teams. Germany was represented y a mixed team. Russian players were not only from Moscow – the twinnign city of Munich but also from Kazan and Saint Petersburg. Only the german mixed team had participants with no disabilities. In General, Germany promotes basketball on wheels as a sport for everyone, ranging from people with no disabilities to people with severe disabilities.
The tournament took 2 days, and the participants spent 3 full days in Munich.
The end of august appeared to be great timing because the European championship was about to start in September and many sportsmen were already ready for international travels. The High Art Bureau helped with visas, but the national paralympic committee helped a lot as well.
Most expenses were connected with catering, transfer, and logistics. it was all covered by the participation fee.
Aktion Mensch sponsored a 2-year long project to promote inclusion in schools. Some events were supposed to be public, and for them, grant covered PR and project management related expenses.
The national teams are usually experienced in traveling.They normally stay in pairs to help one another in the hotel.
The hosting team “Iguanas” had a mini-bus for transfer around Munchen. They also suggested best barrier-free hotels.
Participants brought 2 sets of wheelchairs – for daily life and the game. Each participant arrived safely, nobody skipped the program.
Project’s main target audience is school kids for inclusivity promotion. It’s hard to find kids in the city during summer vcation. Thus, many spectators and participants came from around the Bavaria region, not only from Munchen.
The event for them was not just a tournament, but more of a holiday for friends.
“Iguanas” – wheelchair basketball team from Munich has 2 training locations. For the tournament, they chose a school with 2 halls, a bigger one for the tournament, and a smaller one for workshops, team-building, parkour workshop, training on basketball 3 vs 3, radio and tv journalists.
To spread the word High Art Bureau invited bloggers, regional journalists, radio correspondents and sent out press-releases to the inclusivity promoting newspapers.
- High Art Bureau
- Aktion Mensch
- RBB München e.V. – IGUANAS
• Federal or State Funds
Social Media Link(s)
Additional Media & Attachments / Credits
Aktion Mensch – 06.06.2019 – Rudi Cerne, Botschafter der Aktion Mensch, besucht das Training eines Teams im Rollstuhlbasketball mit Spielern mit und ohne Behinderung in der Halle des Michaeli-Gymnasiums Mnchen.
Inclusion & Welfare
Level / Project Complexity
Resources This Project Needed
- barrier-free school with 2 gyms, a bigger one for the tournament and a smaller one for workshops, team-building and networking
- copywriter for announcement and press-release
- official letters of invitation for the sportsmen
- spare sport-wheelchairs for the workshops (sportsmen have wheelchairs specially designed for them)
- a van equipped to transfer people with wheelchairs
- barrier-free lodging
- follow-up activities, team /community-building event after the main activities of the day
- professionals in fundraising for travel arrangements
- approximately one month to organize the event if dates were chosen with consideration of international sport events
Timing: Choose dates before major paralympic events. Sportsmen will be eager to try out their competitors before big events. They will most probably have time dedicated for training anyway. They might also have questions settled already.
PR: Announcements are there to invite more people to the event, for more students to learn about equality through sport, and to build a community.
Reach is a part of the obligations from the contract between HAB and grant owners. Russian federation partners said they wanted to spread the word, but they weren’t too active. although they received ready-made texts and pictures from HUG they still didn’t doo much. so a good tip is to have a professional partner for PR.
Some sportsmen were nervous and highly suspicious upon coming. They thought only about their debt to the country and their will to succeed. The cheerful and relaxed spirit of other teams, the organizations, and community building sessions made a great impression to them. When planning event, don’t limit the conversation to e-mail. Have a “real” call or zoom call, where you can share your passion for the project and make others believe in it. also for people from other countries to learn about new ways of inclusivity promotion.