Thirty-nine of the top 16-18 year olds from 23 countries around the world converged on New York City during All-Star 2015, led by BWB alum Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets, and NBA coaches Kaleb Canales of the Dallas Mavericks, Jama Mahlalela of the Toronto Raptors, and James Moran and David Vanterpool of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The NBA and FIBA have announced the 39 campers from 23 countries who will travel to New York City for the first-ever Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held February 13-15 at Baruch College in Manhattan as part of NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, and Nike will be the official partner.
This marks the first time that BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, is being held in the U.S. The BWB Global Camp will become an annual All-Star tradition.
The campers, ages 16-18 and coming from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, will train with select NBA and FIBA players and coaches including Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009) and Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs; Brazil).
The camp will be held Feb. 13-15 at Baruch College and feature the top 40 players born in 1997 from Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe. They will work with NBA, WNBA, and international players and coaches.
Basketball without Borders camps, run by the NBA and basketball governing body FIBA, began in 2001 and have been held in 19 countries on five continents. There have been 33 campers who went on to be drafted by NBA teams.
Basketball without Borders Africa 2014 came to a conclusion on day four when the campers and players headed to the Wembley Stadium in downtown Johannesburg. Prior to this, the last round of games took place at the American International School to determine who would play in the Championship game later hat afternoon. For Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey the camp was a great personal and professional journey.
The third day of the Basketball without Borders Africa camp started off with a life skills seminar on the courts of the American International School. NBA players Bismack Biyombo and Roger Mason Jr. along with the Hoops 4 Hope facilitators spent an hour participating in various team building exercises and spoke about the values of team work and leadership.
BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness, and will once again be held in Johannesburg from Aug. 5 – 8, 2014.
After a surfeit of pull-ups and post moves, blocks and breakaway layups, the Red team was crowned the champion of the BWB Asia 2014 All-Star Game, after four days in Taipeie. China’s Bai Haotian, who carried the Red squad throughout the contest, was named All-Star MVP, while Iran’s Mohammad Yousof Vand and Japan’s Ryogo Sumino were selected as Co-Camp MVPs.