Mulholland joins FIBA TIME-OUT 2.0 program
June 26, 2020
The prestigious TIME-OUT 2.0 program is back and officially underway, with 52 participants from across Europe and beyond engaging in seminars via video conference from Monday 21st of June to Friday 26th of June.
Basketball NI Board Member and past Irish Cadet player Marc Mulholland applied for the program resulting in Basketball Ireland Board and CEO Bernard O’Byrne endorsing him for selection.
“It is a privilege to be selected for Time Out 2.0 and I am very thankful for the endorsement by Basketball Ireland. It has been a busy week of online workshops but I have to say it has been a great experience to date. The peer to peer interaction between the players, tutors and FIBA staff has been really engaging. We hope to meet in person in Prague after all of the travel restrictions have been lifted and the program continues online and in person into August 2022”, explained Mulholland.
The opening seminars of TIME-OUT 2.0 focused on the introduction to the modules for the Business of Sport led by FIBA experts, as well as an overview of the Leadership & Management course by the Business School of Northumbria University.
“I’ve always had a real passion for basketball and translating that into the world of business the past number of years has been eye opening. We had a fantastic session with famous Coach Chema Buceta about how to channel your passion for basketball and direct it into the world of business. It was very insightful. The career, personal and professional development side of the program is something that really excites me. I look forward to translating what I am learning into my role on the Basketball NI Board and as Executive Director of Inspirus Sport’s Basketball Classic series with the Sport Change Life Foundation”, continued Mulholland.
Launched as a sequel to the hugely successful TIME-OUT initiative and co-funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ Sport program, the project aims to promote education in and through sport by developing skills that athletes will utilize in their future careers away from the court. Marc will be doubly busy as his production company Scram Films has been commissioned to create a documentary series to capture the story of the Time Out 2.0 participants “Life After Basketball” journey,
“I was networking with my fellow participants and we created a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Brave’ short film to help during the COVID-19 lockdown. I was invited to pitch to FIBA’s Heads of Time Out 2.0 Radmila Turner and Elisabeth Cebrian. They really liked the idea of a participant telling the story of ‘Life After Basketball’ for the Time Out 2.0. team. I am very thankful they have given me the opportunity and it’s pretty amazing how it all fits together”.
One of the most powerful tools being used in TIME-OUT 2.0 is that participants can learn from the experience of the graduates from the original TIME-OUT program as part of the Understanding an Athlete's Lifestyle course, where they will get tips from their peers and learn how to mentor other players.
The opening seminars includes guest speakers such as former Italian national team star Raffaella Masciadri, who is currently President of the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) Athlete Commission and a member of the FIBA Players' Commission, and former Czech national team captain Pavel Pumprla.
The participants, who represent 28 European National Federations, also enjoyed input from Kady Kanoute Tounkara, an IOC Career and Steering Committee Member and also the Chairperson of the WADA Athletes Education Committee.
Following the tip-off session of TIME-OUT 2.0, the players will move to online learning before attending the second seminar, planned for the end of August in Prague, Czech Republic.
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