Basketball is a fascinating, internationally-known sport – and very often with a good cause in the background of popularity. While preparing for the BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2016, the film crew „k22 film“, their project manager Christiane Fernbacher and Mainz-native Hans Beth, chairman of the BASKETBALL AID International Tour, visited the ward for children with cancer at the University Hospital Mainz. They are looking for an American College Basketball team that is willing to play against German professional teams for a good cause. From this side, Telekom Baskets Bonn, Fraport Skyliners, Gießen 46ers and the MLP Academics Heidelberg have already committed to the tour.
After the scenes and interviews with some professional basketball players have been done recently, Prof. Dr. Faber and his team were glad to have visitors at their ward. Sport scientist Sandra Stössel, who is leading the project „Sports for children with cancer“, and Hans Beth had a lot of fun being energetic with the kids for the movie. After the initial shot had started, it turned into a very active session with dribbling and even passing exercises.
„The effects of sports for cancer patients have been examined increasingly in recent studies. We found that physical activities can decrease side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy a lot“, says Jörg Faber. Hans continues: „ BASKETBALL AID e.V. – Help for children with cancer, is very happy that the money that has been raised this year has been used for therapies in the context of sport and sports equipment.“ The kids were very happy about an original Spalding basketball with signature and the original tour t-shirts with flags of both Germany and the U.S. – both gifts have been welcomed with open arms by them.