Basketball without Borders Africa 2010

Basketball without Borders Africa 2010 - Day 4
Basketball without Borders Africa came to a close with a day full of exciting basketball action. After one last round of games in the morning, the campers came together for the All-Star Game which featured 20 players from 10 African countries.

Team Black, coached by Lionel Hollins, Rick Carlisle, Jamahl Mosley, Lisandro Miranda, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Bayno, Hasheem Thabeet, Dikembe Mutombo and Luc Mbah A Moute rallied from an early deficit to claim a 39-34 victory over Team White, coached by Jay Triano, Milt Newton, Bill Cartwright, BJ Johnson, DeSagana Diop, Willie Green , Danilo Gallinari and Ronny Turiaf. At the end of the game, camp awards were handed out to the following winners:

South African Airways High Flyer: Serigne Bamba Gueye (Senegal)
Nike Camp MVP: Michael Ange Enanga (Cameroon)
Nike All-Star MVP: Jean Yves Toupane (Senegal)

Basketball without Borders Africa 2010 - Day 3
The campers had a full day of basketball with more team practices, games and skill stations. BWB community partner Hoops 4 Hope led the Life Skills session engaging the campers in activities focused on teaching about HIV/AIDS and the importance of living a healthy life style.

BWB community outreach wrapped up today with the NBA Cares Legacy project at the Y Senegal which featured a refurbished basketball court, a study room and library, and a technology center with more than 30 computers. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the players spent time with the children at the Y reading books and playing games. Hasheem Thabeet, Willie Green, Luc Mbah A Moute and Tamika Raymond even showed off their dance moves to the beat of African drums courtesy of Dikembe Mutombo.

Basketball without Borders Africa 2010 - Day 2
Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria. NBA Cares activities here at Basketball without Borders focus heavily on health and wellness, and today the players joined with the UN Foundation and USAID to help fight one of the biggest health threats here in Senegal by distributing malaria bed nets to the local community with the Nothing But Nets program. These bed nets are vital in preventing the deadly disease as they provide a safe sleeping place from the mosquitoes that swarm every night.

After being welcomed to the community of Rufisque by a short ceremony, the players, coaches and guests broke in to groups to visit houses to hand out bed nets. When it came to hanging the nets, no one was better suited to help than 7 foot 3 Hasheem Thabeet. With each net hung, the risk of malaria in the community is lowered. In total, the NBA will distribute twenty five thousand bed nets as part of Basketball without Borders.

Basketball without Borders Africa 2010 - Day 1
The eighth edition of Basketball without Borders Africa tipped-off this morning in Dakar, Senegal with a press conference to welcome all the players, campers and VIPs. Amadou Fall, Vice President of Development, NBA Africa, addressed the crowd, which included members of the Senegalese national basketball team, and spoke about the significance this camp has in the NBA’s continued efforts developing basketball on the African continent.

This morning’s Life Skills session had particular significance for the campers as Luc Mbah a Moute spoke to them about his path from BWB camper to NBA player. He stressed the importance of dedication, perseverance and willingness to go the extra mile.

African-Born NBA Players Lead First Basketball Without Borders Camp In Senegal
NBA players and African natives DeSagana Diop (Senegal), Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon) and Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) will headline Basketball without Borders Africa it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Senegalese Basketball Federation (SBF). The African edition of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Dakar, Senegal for the first time, Aug. 5- 8.

Basketball Without Borders Africa History

BWB Africa 2009

BWB Africa - Day 5, September 6, 2009 - It was all basketball on the final day of BWB Africa 2009, with a women’s clinic starting things off in the morning led by former WNBA players Nkeysha Sales and Teresa Edwards. Sixty girls from Basketball South Africa ran through passing, shooting and dribbling drills. After the on-court action, Hoops 4 Hope ran a life skills session for the girls teaching the importance of teamwork and leadership.

The BWB campers played their last games with their teams and the Houston Rockets, coached by Dikembe Mutombo, Teresa Edwards and BJ Johnson, finished in first place in the camp tournament.

The campers waited eagerly for the All-Star announcement and Nigeria and Senegal had the most representation with six and five respectively. BJ Johnson coached Team Black to a 44-31 victory over Team White. After the game, individual camp award winners were announced as follows:

Nike Camp MVP - Gorgui Sky Dieng (Senegal)
Nike All-Star MVP - Cyril Bilong (Cameroon)
Sprite High Flyer - Godwin Ikonshul (Nigeria)
South African Airways - Amro Sherif Mohamed Abd El Halim (Egypt Frequent Flyer Award)

The campers then had a final chance to say their goodbyes and trade email addresses with their new found friends at the end-of-camp barbeque.

BWB Africa - Day 4, September 5, 2009 - Yesterday the players and coaches saw the impoverished townships of Soweto from the window of the bus on the way to the Habitat for Humanity build. Today, they experienced life in a township first-hand as they were led on a tour through Kliptown. Along the way, children of Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) Trust performed skits and treated to the players to traditional African dances.

One thing stood out as they walked past tin shacks, streams of garbage and shoeless children – the spirit of the people of Soweto. The children reached out for players hands and the people of the community welcomed the BWB group to their neighborhood. After an energetic performance by the PT group, the players and coaches helped sat with the children in the dining hall as they ate.

“The light and spirit of the people of Kliptown was amazing and I was truly humbled to be here today,” said Chris Bosh.

Camp wraps up tomorrow with the hotly anticipated All-Star game. Talent is deep this year and it is certain the campers will put on an impressive show of basketball talent

BWB Africa - Day 3, September 4, 2009 -When the players and coaches signed on for Basketball without Borders, they knew they were going to be working hard in the gym. What they didn’t know is that they would be working even harder in the community.

The BWB contingent, including their guests, spent the afternoon in Ivory Park township in Soweto helping to build four houses for Habitat for Humanity South Africa. It was the first time in a township for many of the players and coaches as they drove past acres and acres of tin shacks and burning piles of garbage. For these families, these houses will be the first they have ever lived in. Generations from now, the player’s hard work will be forever tied to the community in Ivory Park.

Upon completion of these four homes, the NBA will have built 9 homes with Habitat for Humanity since 2007.

The day wrapped up with a reception at the new US Embassy hosted by the even newer US Ambassador, who only arrived in Johannesburg two weeks ago. The reception was jointly hosted by the US Embassy and ESPN.

A Special Visitor

South African National Team and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune stopped by the American International School of Johannesburg to challenge the NBA professionals to a quick penalty shoot-out. Dikembe Mutombo impressed everyone with his juggling skills, but his goalkeeping left room for improvement. Dirk Nowtizki tried his hand at a penalty shot and didn’t even come close, with the ball ending up in a tree.

BWB Africa - Day 2, September 3, 2009 - Basketball without Borders Africa 2009 officially tipped off this morning with the opening press conference. A special highlight was the standing ovation Luc Mbah A Moute received from all in attendance when he addressed the group.

“This camp changed my life,” Mbah A Moute said. “Three weeks after this camp I left for the U.S. and started my dream. That’s why I’m back here today to tell you this is a great experience, take advantage of it.”

In the first full day of basketball activities, the campers were broken down into their teams and ran through skills stations with the NBA players and coaches. In the afternoon, the coaches ran their teams through a brief practice session before they hit the court for their first set of games.

Gardening was the focus of the afternoon as the NBA players and their guests visited the Cotlands Home Based Care Facility in Soweto, which was created during BWB 2007 in partnership with the DeBeers Foundation. The NBA group was all hands on deck to help create a sustainable food garden. Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard took the reigns in planting a peach tree while others dug trenches or planted vegetables. The food grown in the garden will be used to supplement meals at the facility and will also be sold to generate income for the grannies that rely on Cotlands.

BWB Africa - Day 1, September 2, 2009 - “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” - Nelson Mandela

Before the NBA players and coaches sampled the rich basketball talent of Africa, they first had a lesson on the storied past of South Africa at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government implemented the policy of apartheid which turned 20 million people into second class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Between 1948 and 1971, over 150 laws were passed to further widen the gap between whites and blacks such, as the Immorality Act (1950) which outlawed sex and marriage across racial lines and the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act (1953) which prohibited different racial groups from using the same public facilities like toilets, parks or beaches.

After almost 10,000 days in prison, political activist Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990 paving the way for a non-racial, democratic South Africa.

It wasn’t until the election of prisoner turned President Nelson Mandela in 1994 that people were liberated and the nation began healing its wounds.

The Apartheid museum illustrates the story of the system and the struggle to overthrow its tyranny.

A moving and eye-opening experience for the players, the visit proved to be a fitting and poignant start to BWB Africa.

Meanwhile on court…

Having come from all corners of the continent, the BWB Africa campers hit the gym to warm up for the next four days of intense basketball instruction. NBA coaches attended the evaluation scrimmages in the afternoon where they scouted the players to draft to their teams for competition throughout the camp.

The first Lifeskills Seminar focused on Camp Orientation that included the rules of the camp and the structure of the coming days. Former camper Luc Mbah a Moute gave a motivational first-hand account of his camp memories from back in 2003 when he was a young 16-year old hopeful from Cameroon. Six years later, Luc becomes the first former camper to return to BWB Africa as a NBA player.

Later that evening, as a special treat for the campers, the US Ambassador to South Africa hosted all 60 participants at his residence in Pretoria for a barbeque and an impromptu basketball game on his private basketball.

NEW YORK, June 4, 2009 – U.S. Olympians Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, and Dwight Howard will headline Basketball without Borders 2009 it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders (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. The camps will be held in Beijing, China, Mexico City, Mexico and Johannesburg, South Africa.

BWB Africa 2008

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 7, 2008 – The sixth edition of Basketball without Borders Africa wrapped up today under the blazing African sun. For the first time ever, a clinic was held for young girls under the expert tutelage of former WNBA player Jennifer Azzi. The clinic, run in partnership with Hoops for Hope, featured young girls from the surrounding communities and involved the NBA players and coaches as they taught the basic fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling and defense.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 6, 2008 – The Basketball without Borders train rolled on today as the group gathered at the American International School of Johannesburg for a final morning of skill sessions with the coaches and players. For the fifth year in a row, the NBA players and coaches were treated to a tour of Kliptown, a ghetto in the township of Soweto. The tour attracted the attention of many as it made its way through small dirt streets strewn with glass and litter.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 5, 2008 – If home is where the heart is, the NBA players and coaches can now claim Orange Farm Township as their home. This afternoon, the group was in the poverty stricken township neighborhood put their heart and hard-work into building three homes with Habitat for Humanity. Alongside the future homeowners, Dikembe Mutombo and Shareef Abdur-Rahim mixed cement as Caron Butler and Charlie Bell passed bricks. Matt Bonner, Jennifer Azzi, Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison, and Bob Lanier all showed off their bricklaying technique as the walls of the houses grew higher and higher. At the end of the build, the three houses were nearer to completion and three families were closer to having safe, comfortable housing.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 4, 2008 – The first full day of Basketball without Borders began with a tip-off press conference this morning at the American International School of Johannesburg here in South Africa. All of the players, coaches, and campers were on hand to celebrate the sixth installment of the BWB camp. After a photo session and interviews, the players ran the campers through stretches before coaching them in their morning skill sessions.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 3, 2008 – On day one of Basketball without Borders Africa 2008, the NBA players and coaches were introduced to the history of South Africa and the community of Johannesburg with visits to the Apartheid Museum and Cotlands pediatric AIDS hospice. For 43 years, South Africa was in the grips of the Apartheid system which classified citizens based on the color of their skin. The NBA players and coaches walked through history starting with the roots of Apartheid beginning with the first settlers through to the peaceful resolution of the modern day government led by Nelson Mandela and the ANC.


Dakar, Senegal
August 5 – 8, 2010

Sam Dalembert
DeSagana Diop
Danilo Gallinari
Willie Green
Dwight Howard
Luc Mbah a Moute
Dikembe Mutombo
NBA Legend
Makhtar Ndiaye
Former NBA Player
Mamadou N’diaye
Former NBA Player
Tamika Raymond
WNBA Legend
Nykesha Sales
WNBA Legend
Hasheem Thabeet
Ronny Turiaf
Marvin Williams

  • Bill Bayno (Trailblazers)
  • Rick Carlisle (Mavericks)
  • Bill Cartwright (Suns)
  • Lionel Hollins (Grizzlies)
  • BJ Johnson (Rockets)
  • Jamahl Mosley (Nuggets)
  • Donnie Nelson (Mavericks)
  • Milt Newton (Wizards)
  • Kelvin Sampson (Bucks)
  • Jay Triano (Raptors)

  • Athletic Trainer: Keith Jones (Rockets)
  • Camp Director: Lance Blanks (Cavaliers)
  • Camp Director: Masai Ujiri (Raptors)