All-Star Games Cap Off BWB Africa 2012
As winter turned to spring in South Africa, the fourth and final day of BWB Africa 2012 saw the action heat up on court culminating in the much anticipated Girls and Boys All-Star games.
Prior to this, a special guest paid a visit to camp in the form of New Orleans Hornets’ Al-Farouq Aminu. Aminu, of Nigerian decent, touched down in Johannesburg prior to travelling to Zambia for the Sprite Slam event. Aminu joined Cole Aldrich in their morning excursion to the Apartheid Museum South of Johannesburg. Both players took their time to learn more about South African history and paid homage to the victims of the apartheid regime that dominated the country’s social and political landscape in the second half of the 20th century.
Meanwhile, NBA coaches and the campers spent the morning on the courts of the King Edward VII School running the last set of games. The final names to appear on the All-Star team rosters were known before noon. The Girls’All-Star Game tipped off at noon. Team Thabo Sefolosha started the game well, but eventually it was Team Chamique Holdsclaw who won the matchup.
Next up was the Boys All-Star Game. Ron Adams (Chicago Bulls) and Jim Boylan (Milwaukee Bucks) took charge of one of the two teams with Milt Newton (Washington Wizards) being their adversary in the highly anticipated game. A total of eleven countries were represented, with kids ranging from Algeria, Cameroon, Congo, DRC, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Kehasson Oulai (Ivory Coast) was named the Nike All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. The Nike Camp MVP Award went to Romeh Elsadani from Egypt while the South African Airways High Flyer was awarded to Nicolas N’zia Nzoussi from Congo. The game also included a three-point shootout contest with South African Siyabulela Mdekazi coming up on top as a winner.
After the All-Star Game the NBA contingent of coaches and players gathered together with the campers at the St. John’s School for a farewell ‘braai’ (Afrikaans for barbecue). It was a fine finish to BWB Africa 2012, providing the camp’s youth, coaches and players not only with opportunities to learn from one another but also to form friendships and bonds, some of which will continue way over the camp’s duration.
The tenth Basketball without Borders is history. The 11th BWB camp is one year away. See you again in 2013 Mzansi! (*South Africa)
BWB Africa Day 3: Leadership, Legacy and Skills for Life
The fun continued on Day 3 of the tenth annual Basketball without Borders Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. Luol Deng, CJ Watson, Thabo Sefolosha and Chamique Holdsclaw started the day with the last in the series of Life Skills seminars in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope. Today’s topics focused on conduct and leadership on court whilst also conveying the importance of maintaining healthy body and mind.
Skills stations and positional development continued throughout the rest of the morning. After lunch NBA players and coaches headed to the Alexandra Township to dedicate a newly refurbished sports complex. The complex included four refurbished basketball courts which were officially unveiled in the presence of the United States Ambassador Donald Gips and South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. After the unveiling ceremony, 100 youth from local schools took part in basketball clinics with NBA players and coaches teaching the fundamentals of the game.
After receiving a warm welcome from the crowd, Thabo Sefolosha encouraged the youth to take ownership of the courts and ensure basketball legacy in the community. The emotional visit in Alexandra concluded with a three-point shootout contest between Sefolosha and 17-year old Bonga Shezi with the latter taking the crown in this duel.
The day finished with basketball games held on the courts of the King Edward VII School. The competition was intense with some teams, such as the Knicks and Wizards trying to hold on to their unbeaten records, with others looking to get some more wins behind them. The final day of camp tomorrow will see the much anticipated All-Star Games featuring the top young boys and girls from the camp as selected by the coaches.
BWB Africa Rolls Through Day Two
After eventful first day, Day 2 of the Basketball without Borders Africa tipped off with a Life skills seminar hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder four at the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. Cole Aldrich, Nick Collinson, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha engaged with campers on such issues as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and the importance of education. Campers also played a fun game where they had to lift a small ball with pieces of string that each camper was holding. Communication and teamwork was key; one incorrect move, and the ball would fall. As in previous years, Hoops 4 Hope is partnering the NBA in facilitating the life skills programme during this year’s BWB camp.
The morning continued with skills stations focused on positional development. Luol Deng, Luc Mbah a Moute, CJ Watson, Chamique Holdsclaw, Dikembe Mutombo and NBA coaches joined the Thunder stars on the court to teach campers fundamental skills for each position on the floor.
After lunch the campers headed back to the courts to play team games. Meanwhile, the NBA players and some of the coaching staff made their way to the Orange Farm Township located south of Johannesburg. The township is one of the youngest informal settlements in South Africa. Sponsored by the Pagliuca Family, the NBA contingent volunteered to build two new affordable houses offering two families better living conditions. NBA has partnered with Habitat for Humanity South Africa in this project.
Day 2 concluded with a special reception hosted by the Sports and Recreation South Africa. Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula officially welcomed back the NBA Family to South Africa and thanked them for bringing the Basketball without Borders camp to the country for the last ten years. Mbalula also expressed his department’s full support for the development of the game on the southern tip of the African continent.
BWB Africa Day One: Sawubona Africa!
The tenth annual Basketball without Borders Africa camp officially tipped off at the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, South Africa. The first full day of camp started with a press conference held on the main court with NBA Vice President for Development, Africa Amadou Gallo Fall greeting guests, introducing NBA and WNBA players, legends and coaches and reflecting on the ten years of the BWB camps. For the assembled campers from over 20 African countries, it was the first opportunity to see in person the NBA players and coaches that would tutor them for the coming days.
Milwaukee Bucks forward and Cameroon native Luc Mbah a Moute gave a passionate and inspiring welcome conveying the message that only hard work, dedication and discipline leads to success on and off the court. Further speakers in the morning included Basketball South Africa’s Albert Mokoena and United States Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips.
Upon the conclusion of the press conference the NBA contingent of players, coaches and 60 campers got down to business. Cole Aldrich, Nick Collison, Luol Deng, Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, Dikembe Mutombo, Thabo Sefolosha, CJ Watson and Chamique Holdsclaw joined NBA coaches to work with the campers of developments stations focusing on the fundamentals of the game.
Earlier in the day, NBA Cares and UNICEF conducted the first in a series of daily life skills seminars. Amadou Fall, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, Luc Mbah a Moute and CEO of the United States Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern spoke to the campers about handling challenges off court and how to aspire to be better citizens.
After lunch 80 underprivileged youth from primary and secondary schools in the Alexandra township took part in a Special Olympics Clinic. Luol Deng said of the clinic: “Today’s Special Olympics clinic demonstrates the power of sport. Ten years after the first BWB Africa and we are still going strong and have had six players coming to the NBA out of this camp”.
The day concluded with basketball scrimmages allowing the coaches to evaluate the talent on hand. Day 1 finished with the Basketball without Borders Draft with NBA coaches selecting their teams for the remainder of camp.
"Sawubona Africa!" is a traditional Zulu greeting: meaning ‘Hello Africa!’
Historic 10th Basketball Without Borders, Africa Tips on Aug. 30
The tenth Basketball without Borders Africa camp will tip-off Thursday, Aug. 30 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the course of four days, 60 of the top youth basketball players from across the continent will train under NBA players and coaches including Cole Aldrich, Nick Collison, Luol Deng (South Sudan), Serge Ibaka (Congo), Luc Mbah A Moute (Cameroon), Thabo Sefolosha and CJ Watson.
In addition to the on-court action, the NBA contingent will be participating in extensive community outreach with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, culminating in the dedication of refurbished basketball courts in Alex Township as part of the NBA Cares Legacy project.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB Africa marketing partners also include South African Airways, Spalding, Sprite and ESPN.
Meanwhile, click here to look back on NBA.com's coverage of the 2011 Basketball Without Borders, held in South Africa!
2012 Basketball Without Borders, Africa Fact Sheet
August 30 – September 2, 2012
Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
Top 60 players from over 20 African countries born 1994 or later
FIBA/NBA/WNBA COACHES & PARTICIPANTS
|Cole Aldrich||Oklahoma City Thunder||USA|
|Nick Collison||Oklahoma City Thunder||USA|
|Luol Deng||Chicago Bulls||South Sudan/United Kingdom|
|Serge Ibaka||Oklahoma City Thunder||Congo/Spain|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||Milwaukee Bucks||Cameroon|
|Dikembe Mutombo||NBA Legend||DRC|
|Thabo Sefolosha||Oklahoma City Thunder||South Africa/Switzerland|
|CJ Watson||Brooklyn Nets||USA|
|Ron Adams||Chicago Bulls||USA|
|Jim Boylan||Milwaukee Bucks||USA|
|Luca Desta||Dallas Mavericks||USA|
|Mark Hughes||New York Knicks||USA|
|Patrick Hunt||FIBA Coach||Australia|
|BJ Johnson||Houston Rockets||USA|
|Popeye Jones||Brooklyn Nets||USA|
|Patrick Mutombo||Denver Nuggets||Belgium|
|Milton Newton||Washington Wizards||USA|
|Chamique Holdsclaw||WNBA Legend||USA|
|Keith Jones||Houston Rockets||USA|
|Brian Zettler||Utah Jazz||USA|
|Lance Blanks||Phoenix Suns||USA|
|Masai Ujiri||Denver Nuggets||Nigeria|
- Top 60 African players from 20+ African countries.
- Players born 1994 or later.
- Players selected by FIBA, NBA and participating federations.
PRESS CONFERENCES & APPEARANCES:
- Press conferences will be scheduled to announce the camp and answer questions from the local media.
- Autograph sessions and/or sponsor appearances for the FIBA/NBA participants can be worked into the schedule.
- Players will be divided into 6 teams
- Each team will be coached by a FIBA/NBA Legend or a FIBA/NBA coach.
- There will be daily clinics in the morning to teach fundamentals (passing, shooting, dribbling, one-on-one moves, offense, defense, etc.)
- Each pre-determined team will have designated time to practice their camp offense.
- Games will be scheduled for the afternoons and evenings.
- Individual and/or team shooting games will be incorporated into the daily schedule and be played for prizes.
- All participating players will be outfitted with NIKE apparel and given a NIKE gym bag containing mesh practice gear, shoes and socks.
- The camp will be entirely open to the media and sponsors.
- The camp will be entirely open to FIBA, NBA, NBDL and NCAA coaches.
- The camp will be closed to the public during the morning drills.
- The camp will be open to credentialed guests during all games.
- The camp will be open to credentialed guests during all games.
- The focus of the social responsibility efforts during Basketball without Borders Africa will be grassroots basketball development, youth and family development and health and wellness with a focus on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
- Community outreach efforts will include the dedication of a refurbished sports complex in Alexandra Township, a Habitat for Humanity Build of two new homes in Orange Farm Township and a basketball clinic in partnership with Special Olympics South Africa.
- Daily motivational life-skills seminars will be conducted for the campers in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope on various topics such as leadership, character development, gender equity and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
- Community outreach efforts will be led by the former FIBA/NBA Legends attending the camp.
- The camp also features a product donation for local non-government organizations (NGOs) that include school supplies, toys, clothing and other necessities.