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.
BWB Europe 2014 wrapped up Saturday at the Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy in Rome. The 50 best young basketball players from across Europe had been put through their paces over the last four days learning from some of the best the game has to offer. From meeting and interacting with players from other countries to visiting the sites of Rome, it was a truly unforgettable experience.
The day was highlighted by the All-Star game that featured the top 20 campers, as selected by the NBA coaches. The White Team was coached by Ron Adams, Brian Hill, Patrick Hunt, Gigi Datome, Brandon Knight, and Vladimir Radmanovic. The Blue Team was coached by Darvin Ham, Andrea Bargnani, Al Horford, Danilo Gallinari, Melvin Hunt, and Hanno Mottola.
The afternoon was spent playing games between the four teams; Hawks (coached by Darvin Ham, Al Horford and Hanno Mottola); Celtics (coached by Ron Adams, Brandon Knight and Vladimir Radmanovic); Nuggets (coached by Melvin Hunt, Danilo Gallinari and Andrea Bargnani) andPistons (coached by Brian Hill, Patrick Hunt and Gigi Datome).
Tomorrow, the players and coaches will visit the Vatican City ahead of the All-Star Game to round of BWB Europe 2014.
The Bucks’ Brandon Knight lead the morning Life Skills seminar focusing on Leadership and Communication skills. The campers took part in a series of activities where they had to rely on each and work as a team to achieve certain tasks. One such task involved being blindfolded and having to navigate around a series of cones, based on the instructions from their teammates. Learning to give clear instruction, communicating and trusting their teammates was crucial.
The day began with a welcome press conference which included speeches from Antonio Capelli, President, Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy; Luca Pancalli, the Sports Assessor from Comune di Roma; Gaetano LaGuardia, Vice President Italian Basketball Federation; Simone Pianigiani, Italian National Team Head Coach and Brooks Meek, NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations.
Italy has played an important part in the history of BWB; the very first BWB Europe camp took place in Italy in Treviso back in 2001, with the city hosting further camps in 2003, 2004 and 2005. What makes this year’s event even more significant is that Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks), Gigi Datome (Detoit Pistons) and Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets) were all participants themselves in 2003
The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei, Taiwan and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced today by the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.