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NBA’s Ricky Rubio teams up with theme park resort to help sick kids

Tarragona, Spain, Sep 8 (EFE).- Theme park resort PortAventura and Spanish NBA player Ricky Rubio have teamed up to help young cancer patients.

Six young people and their families got to spend a week at the PortAventura resort, where they were visited by the top point-scorer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Dreams project from the PortAventura foundation offers sick children a chance to relax and have fun at the theme park and entertainment resort, located in northeast Spain, with their families.

The Ricky Rubio Foundation’s Luca project, meanwhile, gives children with cancer or other serious illnesses a chance to fly to the United States to watch an NBA game.

The pandemic has complicated matters, prompting the two foundations to join forces.

“Travel is tricky and the installations here at PortAventura are incredible,” said Rubio, who recently joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, during a visit Wednesday.

The Luca project was inspired by Rubio’s relationship with Luca de la Vega, a young cancer patient who, in 2012, came out to watch the Spanish player on court for the Utah Jazz.

Rubio said he hoped the project reached “lots of families.”

“It’s important to find moments of disconnection and happiness during such a tough situation.”  EFE

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