The fourth and final day of BWB Asia 2016 began at Geelong Arena with a wheelchair basketball clinic that the players and coaches took part in. Following that, the campers played in warm-up games to prepare for the All-Star exhibition. Inside a near capacity arena, the All-Star boys and girls named earlier in the day took to the court to showcase their talent. The 3-Point Contest Finals took place at halftime, with Hamish McDonald (New Zealand) taking home the shooting crown.
At the conclusion of the All-Star games, awards were then handed out to the standout campers. On the boys side, Samuel Waardenburg (New Zealand) was named camp MVP for his outstanding play over the course of the camp while Cassidy Gould (Australia) and Claudia Armato (Australia) were named camp MVPs for the girls. The MVPs will travel to the U.S. in February 2017 to take part in the third annual BWB Global Camp.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 53 boys and girls from 27 countries who will travel to Toronto for the second annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 12-14 at Mattamy Athletic Centre as part of NBA All-Star 2016, the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States, and Nike will serve as the official partner.
The fourth and final day of BWB Americas 2015 lived up to the hype.
The morning started with two 16-minute playoff games for the four teams, and the team chemistry developed over the camp’s four days was evident. While the boys broke for lunch, Al Horford and Felipe Lopez led a clinic for more than 40 girls from the local community, which culminated in jump shot competitions that had the crowd fully engaged.
It was a day of intense competition at the third day of BWB Americas. The morning began with the preliminary round of a camper-wide three point competition, after which the four teams held individual practices and installed their offensive and defensive schemes.
Day 2 of BWB Americas 2015 started off with movement efficiency training for the campers led by Kevin Johnson (Philadelphia 76ers), Ale Oliveira (Brooklyn Nets), and Matt Friia (Charlotte Hornets). The campers then had their second life skills session, this time led by Corey Brewer and Luc Mbah a Moute. The session focused on leadership and communication, and the importance of teamwork in achieving your goals on-and-off the court. The morning concluded with positional skill development and team practices.
The 8th edition of BWB Americas, and the first BWB Americas ever held in the Dominican Republic, got off to a fast-paced start at the Centro Olimpico, as 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries took the floor to learn from NBA and FIBA players, legends, and coaches, including Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva, Corey Brewer, Tito Horford, Felipe Lopez, and 2011 BWB Americas alum and new member of the Portland Trail Blazers Luis Montero.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced 12 Aug that Corey Brewer (Houston Rockets; U.S.), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks; Dominican Republic), and Charlie Villanueva (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.; parents from Dominican Republic) will join Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), as well as former NBA players Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic national team), Tito Horford (Dominican Republic), and Felipe Lopez (former Dominican Republic national team player) to lead 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries at the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas camp in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Aug. 16-19.
Day 3 of BWB Africa began with a Hoops 4 Hope life skills session focusing on HIV awareness, led by NBA Legends Dikembe Mutombo and Muggsy Bogues. Dikembe spoke with the girls about empowering women in Africa. The boys then played three games while the girls did skill development with WNBA Legends Ebony Hoffman, Ruth Riley and Clarisse Machanguana, followed by a game. After lunch, the girls had their 3-point competition and All-Star Game.
The last day of BWB Africa 2015 featured the boys All-Star Game and 3-point competition at Ellis Park Arena, after which all of the BWB Africa campers attended NBA Africa Game 2015. The first NBA game in Africa brought spectacular performances by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luol Deng on Team Africa, and Jeff Green and Bradley Beal on the Team World side -- not to mention the surprise appearances from Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon, who scored on a 'Dream Shake' that brought the crowd to its feet.
Team World won by a score of 101-97, but more important than the score was the fans’ enthusiasm about what was a historic event not just for the NBA, but for the growth of basketball on the continent. BWB Africa 2015 proved to be the biggest BWB camp yet and will leave a lasting legacy on the continent for many years to come.
Day 2 of BWB Africa tipped off here in Jo’burg with a Lifeskills Session featuring the Team Africa’s Nazr Mohammed and Team World’s Nikola Vucevic and Bradley Beal. The focus was on leadership, with each player sharing personal anecdotes on the importance of leadership both on and off the court.
The 13th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa tipped off under blue skies in Johannesburg, South Africa. Exceptionally, this year’s camp leads up to the NBA’s first game in Africa set to take place on Aug. 1 featuring a Team Africa vs. Team World format.
Leading up to the NBA's first game in Africa on Aug. 1, NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches will participate in the 13th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa. The NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program will take place July 29-Aug. 1 at the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa. NBA Africa Game 2015 will take place at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.