Today , in the “ House of Basketball” in Belgrade, press conference about humanitarian action organized by Basketball Federation of Serbia, in cooperation with the Basketball coach Association of Serbia and family Kokoskov, was held. The goal was to raise money for the purchase of medical ventilators for the patients suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

At this event the President of KSS Dragan Djilas, president of the Basketball Coaches Association of Serbia, Ivan Jeremic, our well-known basketball coach Igor Kokoskov and professor Zorica MD Stevic, neurologist at the Clinical Center of Serbia spoke and Dusan Ivkovic, our eminent coach, who has also joined this activity, was also present.

Dragan Djilas, the President of KSS, was the first who addressed the present guests:

– We wanted to use this Olympic Qualification Tournament for additional benefit , that is humanity. We have accepted activity initiated by the Kokoskovs and we are honored to take part in it. Many famous basketball players have donated their game won in the games, and some of them even still play for the national teams. We would like to thank to all companies and individuals who have supported this . By now we have raised funds for the purchase of three medical devices for clinical centers in Central Serbia , and we wish to provide the forth one for the Clinical Center in Belgrade – said Djilas.
Our famous coach Aca Petrovic suffered from this disease, which along with the family experience of the Kokoskov, was on the main motifs for this activity.

– Aca Petrovic was excellent basketball coach , wonderful friend, best father and husband. He solved everything in simple was , but his life was not easy. Until the last day he believed that he will win… – said Ivan Jeremic, the President of the Basketball Coach Association of Serbia.
The purchase of the medical devices to help ALS patients was alos supported by “ Direct media “, “Roda” , “Triglav” “ Multicom” , former national and NBA players Zarko Cabarkapa and Vladimir Radmanovic who have bought their own game shirts. … There were those who donated but wanted to be anonymous, but they deserve similar gratitude….

Large credits for the collection of game shirts goes to Igor Kokoskov , our basketball coach, who has been working in NBA league for 16 years, and recently appointed for the Head coach in the national team of Slovenia.

– In the name of my family I can say that it is great pleasure , and hope this will be just the beginning. This idea has benn created in 2006 when I was in Detroit that donated money to the ALS patients association through funds from London, because it could not be done differently. It was not easy at all, but our little can be a lot to the other. We can prolong lives. … – said Kokoskov.

At the end the professor doctor Zorica Stevic, neurologist at the Clinical Center of Serbia, addressed the present:

– We have founded the ALS patients association 20 years ago. It is hard to recognize our problem in public. One mask or any other kind of aid for this incurable disease are important , not no talk about the medical devices for those brave and endlessly nice people such as Aca Petrovic was. Big thanks to Basketball Federation of Serbia , the President of Basketball Federation of Serbia Dragan Djilas , the Kokoskovs brothers….
At he end , it is important to say , that this humanitarian activity has not ended , because there are some more game shirts to be bought and help many others suffering from this serious diseases.