The world's basketball elite to gather in Slovenia

Renowned for its green, boutique, and sustainable offers, Slovenia is a paradise for active adventure seekers. It is also celebrated as the home of top athletes and a top-tier organizer of the world's most renowned competitions. It comes as no surprise that Goran Dragić has chosen Slovenia, his homeland, to host his farewell game, the I Feel Slovenia Night of the Dragon.

This extraordinary friendly match at Ljubljana's Stožice Arena will showcase many of basketball's biggest stars. The event promises to elevate Slovenia's profile as a top tourist destination, enhance national pride, promote sports and healthy lifestyle and deliver significant economic benefits, including a boost in tourist arrivals.

For more details, visit the official event page.

Playing for Slovenia has always held a special place in my heart. I am proud to be Slovenian and to have grown up in Ljubljana. It is a great honour for me to be an ambassador for the I Feel Slovenia brand, and I gladly accepted the proposal to name my farewell to professional basketball the I Feel Slovenia Night of the Dragon. My primary goal with this event is to support young athletes from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and to promote the beauty and spirit of my country and my city worldwide.

Goran Dragić about his homeland,

A Slovenian "Dragon" with a Big Heart

At the end of 2023, after nearly 30 years on the court and a decade and a half in the world's premier basketball league, the NBA, Goran Dragić has decided to hang up his sneakers.

Born on May 6, 1986, Goran Dragić is considered one of the greatest Slovenian basketball players and athletes of all time. The Ljubljana native and father of two is an exceptional personality who strives to maintain a positive outlook every day. As a point guard, Dragić made Slovenian sporting history by becoming the first Slovenian to play in an NBA All-Star Game in 2018. He was also selected for the All-NBA Third Team in 2014 and led the Slovenian national team to the European Championship title in Istanbul in 2017 as captain, earning the title of the most valuable player.

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Goran Dragić and his Ljubljana

What do Goran Dragić and Ljubljana have in common? A lot, actually. In addition to Ljubljana being Gogi's hometown, with which he maintains strong ties, their common denominator is also the dragon - Goran's nickname and symbol of the city of Ljubljana. The dynamic rhythm of city life, which is intertwined with the warmth of homeliness, could be equated with Goran Dragić's energy on the court and his warm heart when it comes to charity. Take a stroll around Ljubljana with Gogi and get to know what it is that ties the popular basketball player to his hometown.

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Goran Dragić and his Ljubljana

Goran Dragić and his Ljubljana

What do Goran Dragić and Ljubljana have in common? A lot, actually. In addition to Ljubljana being Gogi's hometown, with which he maintains strong ties, their common denominator is also the dragon - Goran's nickname and symbol of the city of Ljubljana. The dynamic rhythm of city life, which is intertwined with the warmth of homeliness, could be equated with Goran Dragić's energy on the court and his warm heart when it comes to charity. Take a stroll around Ljubljana with Gogi and get to know what it is that ties the popular basketball player to his hometown.

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Dragić's charity has no borders

The highly regarded Gogi is not only a world-class athlete, but also a man with a big heart, which he proves with his charity projects as part of the Goran Dragić Foundation and the basketball camp in Laško.

The Goran Dragić Foundation was established in 2020 so that all the projects that have been running under the patronage of the popular Gogi since 2014 could be formalised and regulated by law. It is primarily in charge of organising the Goran Dragić basketball camp and renovating and constructing outdoor basketball courts under the #Podamdaigram brand, while also trying to implement projects to help children and youth from socially disadvantaged environments.

 

When renovating and developing smart courts, the Foundation looks to make sure that the locations are as equally distributed throughout the regions as possible. Some renovation or construction projects have already been finalised, and some are to be carried out in the near future.

Completed courts

  • Ljubljana: Tivoli (2019)
  • Maribor: Tabor (2021)
  • Novo Mesto: School Centre (2022)
  • Laško: Marija Gradec (2022)
  • Murska Sobota: Murska Sobota I Primary School (2023)

In 2024, the plan is to renovate the court outside the Campus Arena in Ptuj. Two courts are planned for 2025 – one in Nova Gorica, and one in Ilirska Bistrica.

Slovenia is a country of world-class athletes

Goran Dragić comes from a country which is among the most successful countries in the world in terms of medals from major competitions per capita. Athletes are ambassadors of Slovenia of sorts, and Slovenia has proven to be an excellent organiser of major competitions many times. Sport is rooted deeply in the people, as a lot of Slovenians do sports. So, it is not surprising that Slovenians even dedicated a national holiday to sport.

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In Slovenia, excellence in sports isn't just about top athletes; it's also about Slovenia's commitment to hosting exceptional competitions and top sports events. Our track record of successful championships and international events has solidified Slovenia's reputation as a premier organizer of sporting spectacles.

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Slovenia provides you with various opportunities to spend your free time actively. What Slovenians like the most is climbing a slope, cycling, or running. Meanwhile, its clear waters beckon you to enjoy water sports. Adrenaline junkies will also get a dose of what they need.

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