Basketball without Borders Africa will take place Sept. 6-10 at the American International School of Johannesburg. Joining Dikembe Mutombo, who has led the camp since it was first staged in Johannesburg in 2003, will be former NBA player Manute Bol and Jerome Williams, San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, Dallas Mavericks teammates DeSagana Diop (Senegal), Chicago Bulls forward-guard Luol Deng (Sudan), Philadelphia 76ers forward Kyle Korver, Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton, NBA Legendary and Community Ambassador Bob Lanier, Los Angeles Lakers Jimmy Jackson, Chicago Bulls Chris Duhon, Phoenix Suns Boris Diaw and New Orleans/OKC Hornets Rasual Butler.
Other NBA participants include Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers), Mario Elie (Golden State Warriors), Harold Ellis (Atlanta Hawks), Alex English (Toronto Raptors), Frank Ross (Charlotte Bobcats) and Chris Wallace (Boston Celtics), Randy Ayers (Orlando Magic), Rolando Blackman (Dallas Mavericks), Bill Branch (Denver Nuggets), Tim Connelly (Washington Wizards), Dell Demps (San Antonio Spurs), B.J. Johnson (Houston Rockets), Maurice Lucas (Portland Trial Blazers), Adam Simon (Miami Heat) and Terry Stotts (Milwaukee Bucks). Lance Blanks (Cleveland Cavaliers) and R.C. Buford (San Antonio Spurs), Amadou Fall (Dallas Mavericks), Masai Ujiri (Denver Nuggets) and NBA scout Joe Touomou will oversee the camp as camp directors. .
Basketball without Borders Africa will unite the top young basketball players (ages 19 and under) from across the continent to take part in basketball instruction and competition. The camp’s participants are selected by FIBA and participating basketball federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport of basketball.
One of the goals of Basketball without Borders is to help explore, develop and nurture the top basketball talent across Africa. Some campers who have participated in the program have gone on to play competitive basketball internationally and at schools in the United States.
To promote friendship and diversity, the campers will be divided into teams without regard to race and nationality. They will share living quarters with their new teammates and participate in daily motivational and life-skills seminars that promote education, leadership, character development, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
The HIV/AIDS interactive educational seminars will be led by NBA Cares community partners, such as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the world’s leading non-governmental organization dedicated to children. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg will again partner with the NBA for community outreach activities focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Sept 10: Training Ended Sucessfully
Jim Jackson and Kyle Korver with 3-point contest winner Joao Antonio. (NBA Europe)
The 2006 Basketball without Borders camp wrapped up today with the top campers showing off their basketball talent in the all-star game. Children from SKY Trust and members of the school community and their children filled the bleachers to cheer on the teams.
Day 5: Photo gallery | Other photos
Sprite Diary: Video
NBA Cares in Botswana
Sept 9: Struggle Brings Understanding
Unveiling of the Dinning Room at Sky. (NBA Europe)
The community outreach at Basketball without Borders Africa was highlighted by the NBA Legacy Project at the Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) Trust a youth empowerment program today.
Day 4: Photo gallery
Sprite Diary: Video
Jerome Williams and Kyle Korver team up with Cotlands kids. (NBA Europe)
Building on the importance of HIV/AIDS education and prevention, the NBA made its first visit to Cotlands, a nonprofit organization in Johannesburg that operates one of the most renowned pediatric AIDS hospices for children ages 0-9 years old.
Day 3: Photo gallery
Sprite Diary: Video
Sept 7: Dedication Ceremony
Luke Walton (NBA Europe)
NBA players and coaches attended an emotional and uplifting dedication ceremony at Ithuteng Trust as part of the Basketball without Borders Africa today. The group, including Boris Diaw, Rasual Butler, Chris Duhon, Kyle Korver, Luke Walton, Jerome Williams and former NBA player Manute Bol joined U.S. Ambassador Eric M. Bost in the opening of a new dining facility funded by the U.S. Embassy.
Day 2: Photo gallery
NBA players outside the Apartheid Museum. (NBAE Images)
The fourth edition of Basketball without Borders Africa began Wednesday with a moving visit to the Apartheid Museum on the outskirts of Johannesburg. NBA players Bruce Bowen, Rasual Butler, Chris Duhon, Jimmy Jackson, Dikembe Mutombo and former player Manute Bol discovered what it was like growing up in South Africa under the Apartheid regime.
Day 1: Photo gallery
Coach Stotts Blogs from Africa
Sprite Diary: Video 1 | Video 2
Deng, Mutumbo and Korver. (NBAE Images)
As part of the Basketball without Borders event, we will schedule interviews with the camp coaches when available.
The NBA players took time during Basketball without Borders to answer your questions.
“NBA players are truly dedicated to giving back not only to their own communities but to communities around the world. Basketball without Borders will affect the lives of young people globally and leave an indelible mark everywhere the program is staged for years to come.”.
"It’s a great thing for the community and for all of us it’s very special. We don’t get to do that so much over here. We do it in the US and that’s great but here it’s very special."
"I look forward to this year’s Basketball without Borders. I encourage every NBA player to come and do this. A lot of people want to see NBA players. We can make a real difference and there are so many people who need our help..”
"I’m extremely excited about participating in such an incredible program. I look forward to sharing this NBA experience in Africa, and all the other players and NBA personnel participating in this phenomenal instructional camp that combines the sport of basketball with education and community outreach.”