In 2014, FIBA Europe introduced Women’s and Youth Ambassadors who have become major presences at women’s basketball events across Europe.
Four legends of the European women’s game, Amaya Valdemoro (ESP), Ilona Korstin (RUS), Edwige Lawson-Wade (FRA) and Hana Horakova (CZE) were granted the honour of being named as the first FIBA Europe Women’s Ambassadors.
Their work throughout the years has taken them, amongst other activities, to attending the season finale of EuroLeague Women, the FIBA Europe International Basketball Camp for U15 Girls and FIBA Europe’s three Division A Women’s youth competitions.
In their capacity as ambassadors, they have been able to reach out to young female players, offering useful advice for the aspiring teens as they hit the transition period from amateur player to professional player and how they should approach this major crossroad in their lives.
Additionally, the four players have been joined by Youth Ambassador Natasa Kovacevic who has overcome the adversity of tragically losing a leg in a motor vehicle accident in 2013, to become an exceptional role model for all those fortunate enough to cross paths with her.