VitrA is also a long-term partner of the Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project, an international award-winning project to ensure that children studying at regional primary boarding schools live in modern, high-quality and healthy environments.
As a founding partner of this project, VitrA is responsible for redesigning and completely renovating the bathrooms and showers of these schools, which serve children from rural areas of Turkey. The Ministry of Education supports the project by upgrading the plumbing infrastructure at designated schools. Other partners include Eczacıbaşı’s Solo brand, which instructs students on good personal hygiene practices, and Eczacıbaşı Volunteers, who carry out volunteer projects aimed at enriching the social and intellectual activities available to children.
Initiated in 2007, in collaboration with The Association in Support of Contemporary Living (CYDD), the Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project has to date completed five primary boarding schools, bringing health, hygiene and hope to the lives of hundreds of schoolchildren in Turkey.
VitrA is involved with further arts sponsorship in the form of the VitrA Ceramic Arts Studio. Founded by the Eczacıbaşı Group in 1957, the studio has opened its doors in İstanbul to a large number of young and talented ceramic artists for over half a century. It hosts regular workshops and organizes exhibitions and auctions of its work.
After years of VitrA jersey sponsorship for men’s and women’s volleyball teams, Eczacıbaşı Building Products Group has become the name sponsor of the Eczacıbaşı Women’s Volleyball Team in 2011 as a reflection of its forward-looking vision and the importance it attaches to women.
Having contributed to sports in Turkey continuously for 50 years with the aim of making sports loved by masses and training successful athletes for the country, the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club today has focused all its efforts on women’s volleyball.
The Eczacıbaşı Sports Club dates back to football, tennis and other sports events organized within the Eczacıbaşı group in 1950’s.
These events became professional under the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club founded by Dr. Nejat Eczacıbaşı and Şakir Eczacıbaşı in 1966. Becoming a member of federations in 1967, the Club trained many well-known Turkish athletes especially in the fields of basketball, volleyball and table tennis.
The Women’s Volleyball Team, one of the most successful sports branches of the Club, joined the İstanbul League in 1968. The team broke a record by becoming the Turkey champion 17 consecutive times following the 1972-1973 season and won the title of Turkey champion a total of 28 times.
In the European Cups, the team first of all won second place in Europe in 1980, representing the Turkish sports in the international arena. The women players of the Eczacıbaşı Volleyball Team were named ‘Daughters of Atatürk’ by the Turkish press and media. Competing 11 times in the final four in Europe, the Eczacıbaşı Women’s Volleyball Team won its first championship in 1999. The team then won the European Championship League in 2015 and the World Clubs Championships, making it the winner of all leading sports championships of volleyball.
The Team also won the Presidential Cup 3 times, the Turkey Cup 8 times and the Super Cup twice.
Until today, the Club has competed in the Premier Leagues of Turkey and has won 13 championships in table tennis, 8 championships in men’s volleyball, 3 championships in chess and 40 Turkey championships in volleyball. With its Youth Volleyball teams, the Club has won more than 40 Turkey Championship titles.
At the Ayazağa and Dragos Eczacıbaşı volleyball schools, girls are taught volleyball and take part in activities that will increase their quality of life, help them succeed and acquire a sports mentality as well as strong and fit bodies. The volleyball schools also aim to train new Turkish volleyball players.
The Eczacıbaşı Sports Hall which was established in Levent, İstanbul on 21 August 1973, training many national players over the years, had its last season in 2000-2001. The new and state-of-the-art facility of the Club in Ayazağa was inaugurated on 24 July 2001. The covered hall, with a surface area of 1700 square meters, continues to support its athletes on their way to achieving new successes.