Friendship, Fundamentals and Education
“Basketball without Borders” (BWB) is FIBA and the NBA’s global basketball development and community relations outreach program that promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Since the inaugural camp was held in 2001, BWB has had more than 225 FIBA/NBA players, coaches and team personnel from all 30 NBA teams serve as camp coaches for some 1,000 young athletes coming from over 100 countries and territories worldwide. The BWB family and the campers have logged an estimated 85 million miles and one million hours of community service participating in the program.
The BWB format consists of a four-day camp hosted by a cosmopolitan city. The first day of each camp is reserved for participant scrimmages, allowing the FIBA/NBA coaches to determine the playing level and talent.
Then, campers are divided into NBA-named teams using a camp draft. The drafts have proven quite popular among the FIBA/NBA players and coaches. On Days two and three, campers practice and compete against each other within their teams and perfect their skills at stations conducted by FIBA/NBA players and coaches. Off the court, campers attend life skills seminars, listen to the stars’ talking about their experiences and visit relevant sites. The final day of the camp is all about the All Star Game. This format allows and encourages campers to build long-lasting relationships with their fellow team-mates and coaches.
In addition to attending the basketball camp, the rest of the BWB family (officials, partners and guests) take part in visits and community services in which FIBA/NBA players and coaches are also instrumental. BWB is definitely an amazing experience for all involved.
BWB Americas 2007
Sao Paulo, Brazil
BWB Americas, in its fourth year, tipped off in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 31 at the Pinheiros Sports Club. Featuring Brazilian NBA players Leandro Barbosa, Nene, Anderson Varejao, and Marcus Vinicius, the camp hosted the top 50 players (ages 19 & under) from 14 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The campers took part in basketball instruction and competition, as well as daily seminars that promoted education, leadership, character, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Matt Bonner, Samuel Dalembert, Kyle Korver, Shawn Marion, Sam Perkins (NBA Legend), and Luke Walton were also in Sao Paulo to share their experience and skills with the campers.
BWB Europe 2007
The seventh annual BWB-Europe camp took place in Paris, France from August 6–10 at the Pierre de Coubertin arena. Joining French players Boris Diaw, Mickael Pietrus, Ronny Turiaf, and Yakhouba Diawara were Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, and Bo Outlaw. The event featured the top 50 players (ages 19 & under), representing 24 countries from across Europe.
BWB Africa 2007
Johannesburg, South Africa
For the fifth consecutive year, Basketball without Borders Africa took place at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 5–9. Led by former Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo of the Congo, the camp also featured Bruce Bowen, Primoz Brezec, Josh Childress, Pat Garrity, Jim Jackson (NBA Legend), Bob Lanier (NBA Legend), Sean Marks, Kevin Martin, Emeka Okafor, Malik Rose, and Steve Smith (NBA Legend). Basketball without Borders Africa 2007 featured the top 100 basketball players (ages 19 & under) from 19 different African nations.
BWB Europe 2008
BWB returned to Turkey for the second year (previously in 2002) and the first year at the Daru Safaka Sports Club. The camp took place from July 3-6 and was comprised of the top 50 players (ages 19 & under), representing 24 countries across Europe. Bruce Bowen, Randy Foye, David Lee, Mehmet Okur, Mickael Pietrus and Hedo Turkoglu lead the successful camp along with high profile FIBA/NBA coaches.
BWB Asia 2008
New Delhi, India
BWB came to India for the first time ever. The camp took place in Delhi from July 4–7 and was comprised of the top 50 players (ages 19 & under), representing 15 countries across Asia. Representing the NBA as camp coaches were Sam Perkins (NBA Legend), Ronny Turiaf, Kyle Korver, Pat Garrity and Linton Johnson III.
BWB Africa 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa
For the sixth consecutive year, Basketball without Borders Africa took place at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 3–7. Led by Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo of Congo as previous years, the camp also featured Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Charlie Bell, Matt Bonner, Caron Butler, Nick Collision, Bob Lanier (NBA Legend) and Thabo Sefolosha. Also, for the first time ever, the camp included a WNBA participant, Jennifer Azzi (WNBA Legend). Basketball without Borders Africa 2008 featured the top 100 basketball players (ages 19 & under) from 19 different African nations.
BWB Asia 2009
BWB returned to Beijing for the second time (previously in 2005) and the first year at the National Olympic Sports Center. The camp took place from July 30–August 2 and was comprised of the top 50 players (ages 19 & under), representing 19 countries across Asia. Dikembe Mutombo, Brandon Rush, Jason Terry and Mickael Pietrus formed the FIBA/NBA players’ delegation.
BWB Americas 2009
Mexico City, Mexico
BWB came to Mexico for the first time ever at the National Center for Talent Development and High Performance (CNAR). The camp took place from August 6–9 and was comprised of the top 50 players (ages 19 & under), representing 15 countries across the Americas. Loc al hero Eduardo Najera, the Dominican Al Horford, Willie Green and Sam Dalembert led the event.
BWB Africa 2009
Johannesburg, South Africa
For the seventh consecutive year, BWB– Africa took place at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 2–6. The camp featured the top 60 basketball players (ages 19 & under) from 20 different African nations. The camp was highlighted by two 2008 Olympic gold medallists, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh as well as BWB–Africa 2003 camper, Luc Mbah a Moute from Cameroon. Also, for the second year in a row, the camp welcomed two WNBA Legends, Teresa Edwards and Nykesha Sales. The legend Bob Lanier, Dikembe Mutombo, Jason Maxiell, DJ Mbenga, Dirk Nowitzki and Vladimir Radmanovic also led the Africa show. basketball without boundaries Friendship, Fundamentals and Education FIBA and the NBA are proud to provide the necessary skills to succeed both on and of the court.
2010 – BWB Asia, Africa and Europe
By the time of the World Congress, Singapore (BWB Asia, June 28 – July 1), Dakar (BWB Africa, August 5 – 8), will have hosted two additional editions of the programme. BWB Europe will be held in Barcelona right after the 2010 FIBA World Championships from September 16 – 19.
FIBA and the NBA are proud to provide the necessary skills to succeed both on and of the court to hundreds more talented young talents in the years to come. More information, pictures and footage of the camps are available at www.bwb.fiba.com