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 Raptorsí 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 FIBAís 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 Ė 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. Chinaís Bai Haotian, who carried the Red squad throughout the contest, was named All-Star MVP, while Iranís Mohammad Yousof Vand and Japanís 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.