|13 May 2014|
BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS
|Many NBA players will be part of Basketball without Borders 2014|
The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced on Tuesday by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development programme, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.
BWB Europe will tip off the summer schedule from 2-5 June in Rome. Highlighting the camp will be three current Italian NBA players and former BWB campers: Danilo Gallinari (BWB 2003, Denver Nuggets), Andrea Bargnani (BWB 2003, New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome (BWB 2003, Detroit Pistons). In addition, Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Dominican Republic international Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) will also participate. BWB Europe 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1997 from more than 25 European countries. The camp was previously held in Treviso, Italy in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
BWB Asia will take place in Taipei City from 13-16 June. John Salmons (Toronto Raptors), Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats) will participate, with eight-time NBA All-Star and former China international Yao Ming joining them for a one-day appearance. BWB Asia 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1996 or 1997 from more than 20 Asian and Oceanic countries.
BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg for the 11th time from 5-8 August. The camp will be led by former NBA All-Star and Russia international Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn Nets) and Switzerland's Thabo Sefolosha (Oklahoma City Thunder), along with NBA head coaches Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Brian Shaw (Denver Nuggets), Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix Suns) and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. BWB Africa 2014 will bring together the top 60 African players born in 1997 or 1998 from more than 20 African countries.
Through NBA Cares, the league's global social responsibility programme, all three camps will include extensive community outreach efforts led by NBA players and coaches. Through grassroots basketball development, community service, and life skill seminars, BWB will focus on teaching the values of the game, including leadership, respect, character and health and wellness. In addition, donations of school supplies, clothing, books, games, basketball equipment and other necessities will be made to local community-based organisations.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.
Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 36 BWB camps in 21 cities across 18 countries on five continents. More than 150 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined nearly 140 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams.