Goran Dragić, the captain of the golden Slovenian national team from the FIBA European Championship 2017 in Turkey, where he was the MVP of the championship, is a special player, and he is proving it off the court too. Under his vision, there is now a “smart court” in Tivoli, Slovenia… and more to come!
In addition to his basketball successes, Dragić is known for his charity and return to the local environment. He has been inspiring young basketball players at Rogla for six years and passing on his knowledge to them.
The modern outdoor basketball court is located between the tennis courts and the bowling alley in Tivoli Park came to life in a renewed image. As part of his charity project, which takes place under the slogan #podamdaigram (#courttoplay), the popular Slovenian athlete will continue to renovate several basketball courts to bring different age groups to basketball courts and enable them more training and casual basketball games.
The Miami Heat player would like to bring young people and families back to the playgrounds. Outdoor basketball courts are mostly empty, and the goal of the #podamdaigram campaign is to spread them all over Slovenia.
The renovated playground in Tivoli is the first smart playground in Slovenia, as the movement is intertwined with educational content. The playground also includes a playground for children, height-adjustable baskets, smart floor markings designed for a variety of coordination, speed, and push-up exercises, and fun games. It will be able to train children who dream of one day playing as their role model Gogi, as well as other recreational players who want quality conditions for playing basketball. The court is made of an excellent non-slip surface which is a certified product of the international basketball association FIBA.
The biggest feature of the playground are the information boards with basic and advanced basketball exercises which are intended for various exercises for coordination, speed and push-ups, and games, designed by Gogi, and will be interactively enriched through an online sports-educational platform, to which QR codes will lead.
The platform aims to combine sports, education, and entertainment through various sports and educational content using modern online and mobile tools. The main actor will be Goran Dragić, who has established himself as a role model, especially among young people.