Basketaball: Dimitrovgrad Triumph

One the most loved and eagerly awaited Sport with a Mission tournaments under the auspices of the Holiday Heroes got a total of ten teams together at the Universiada sport hall in Sofia this weekend. We organized this event jointly with our friends from Vivacom National Basketball League and BGO Software Basketball League.

The champions in this sport contest were the team of the town of Dimitrovgrad, mentored by Kiril Raykov. The silver went to the Fadata team, and the bronze to Lidl. The tournament was an unforgettable experience also for the participants from the rest of the teams – Sofiyska Voda (with 3 whole teams!), Viva Credit, KPMG, EKO Bulgaria and the Holiday Heroes. Wonder why? Well, it wasn’t just the good pastime with coworkers, the amazing gifts by STR8 and B.U., the refreshing Bolyarka beer or the crispy Belgian Roger chips. It was also so because real professional players from the greatest basketball clubs across Bulgaria got into the games. We had the honor of having by our side:

  • Gerasim Nikolov (Basketball Club (BC) Spartak – Pleven) – mentor of team Sofiyska Voda 2
  • Vasil Bachev (BC Akademic Bulteks 99) – mentor of team Fadata
  • Asen Velikov (BC Lukoil Akademik) – mentor of team KPMG
  • Stoyo Cholakov (BC Yambol) – mentor of team Viva Credit
  • Dimitar Marincheshki (BC Rilski Sportist − Samokov) – mentor of team EKO Bulgaria
  • Veselin Veselinov (BC Levski) – mentor of team Sofiyska Voda 1
  • Darin Ivanov (BC Rilski Sportist − Samokov) – mentor of team LIDL
  • Ventsislav Petkov (BC Balkan) – mentor of team Sofiyska Voda 3

All of them prominent athletes, at this event they contended for victory as well, only this time as team mentors and coaches. Top presenter and event host Nasko Mihaylov proved he had a big heart too and made everyone’s day at the Universiada. He gave a prize to the most ardent crowd of cheering sport fans – Viva Credit’s.

The pro bono corporate basketball tournament raised BGN 6,625 to support Holiday Heroes’ Christmas campaign. All donations from the games will go to buy food for the holiday boxes we deliver. Huge thanks to the Paramedics team who secured the health and safety of the players and made available an ambulance and medical professionals for the event.
Christmas Sport with a Mission continues in November with a go-kart race tournament. If you want to have a stronger team at your company, have fun with your coworkers and help families in need – don’t wait, sign up on

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