Second Annual Basketball Without Borders Americas Heads to Argentina
Posted Jun 16 2005 10:27AM
The NBA, FIBA and CABB Introduce International Basketball and Community Relations Outreach Program in Buenos Aires
April 12, 2005 — The National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB) today announced that Argentinean natives Emanuel Ginóbili of the San Antonio Spurs, Carlos Delfino of the Detroit Pistons and Andres Nocioni of the Chicago Bulls will headline the second annual Basketball without Borders Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 30-July 4. Last year’s Basketball without Borders Americas took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The program, a basketball instructional camp for young people that also promotes friendship, healthy living and education, features current and former NBA players and coaching personnel as camp coaches. To date, more than 440 youngsters from 72 different countries and territories have taken part in the NBA and FIBA program and Reading & Learning Centers have been created in South Africa and Brazil as part of its community outreach efforts.
“Basketball without Borders is a global program that brings people together to discuss important social issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention while emphasizing the importance of education and healthy living,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “The NBA is proud to work together with FIBA and its basketball federations to help young people from diverse national and economic backgrounds come together and learn through the sport of basketball.”
Featuring Aerolineas Argentinas, McDonald’s, Nike and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners, the camp is scheduled to take place at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo ( C.E.N.A.R.D.) . One of the goals of Basketball without Borders Americas is to help explore, develop and nurture the top basketball talent in the area. Selected by FIBA and participating basketball federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport of basketball, the top 50 young players (ages 19 & under) from more than 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean will take part in basketball instruction and competition. Some campers, who have participated in the program, have gone on to play competitive basketball internationally and at schools in the United States.
“Working with all those involved with Basketball without Borders is a moving experience,” said FIBA International Relations and Development Manager Anicet Lavodrama. “The young players recognize the advantages of the program and want to learn as they experience the challenges of being from various nationalities, cultural and educational backgrounds. The NBA players and the coaches provide the campers with strong examples of individuals committed to personal excellence on-and-off the court. The program is made possible through the generous support of many corporate and philanthropic sponsors as well as the national basketball federations and BWB Marketing Partners. We cannot thank them enough.”
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 seminars that promote education, leadership, character, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
In addition to the on-court action, Basketball without Borders Americas will be highlighted by extensive community outreach programs, led by Community Relations Ambassador Felipe Lopez (Dominican Republic), focusing on education, grassroots basketball development, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention activities in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Efforts will culminate with an NBA Community Legacy Project, the NBA’s premier community initiative, where a state-of-the-art Reading and Learning Center will be opened in Buenos Aires. In addition, the NBA will visit Ginóbili’s hometown of Bahía Blanca to participate in community outreach activities. Last year’s community relations outreach in Brazil included the opening of a Reading and Learning Center and the refurbishment of a basketball court at Vila Olimpica de Jornalista Ary de Carvalho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I’m extremely excited about returning to my home country for such an incredible program,” said Ginóbili. “I look forward to sharing this NBA experience with fellow Argentinean players, Delfino and Nocioni, 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.”
“NBA players have a great passion for the game and for giving back to the community,” said NBA Legend and Community Ambassador Bob Lanier. “Basketball without Borders combines the best of the NBA - community outreach and basketball development - and brings it all over the world to touch lives and make a lasting difference.”
The NBA and FIBA also will donate products, such as basketballs, rims and sporting goods to local basketball federations. McDonald's will deliver messaging on the importance of balanced, active lifestyles through on-site presence and customized programming. Nike will provide campers with on-court apparel, footwear, sports bags and towels.
“Above and beyond reaching Latin Americans with the sport of basketball, the NBA is committed to giving back to the local community,” said Arturo Nuñez, VP and Managing Director of NBA Latin America and U.S. Hispanic. “In Buenos Aires, the NBA will unveil a Reading and Learning Center and conduct educational seminars to further promote knowledge and provide the local community with a safe and attractive place to read and learn.”
Other NBA players taking part include Philadelphia 76ers Samuel Dalembert ( Haiti); Houston Rockets Dikembe Mutombo ( Congo) and Denver Nuggets Eduardo Najera ( Mexico). NBA team personnel Rolando Blackman (Dallas Mavericks), Alvin Gentry (Phoenix Suns), Michael Malone (New York Knicks) and Tony Ronzone (Detroit Pistons) also will help coach the camp. Former Argentine national teammates Marcelo Milanesio and Pepe Sanchez also will take part. Marin Sedlacek (Serbia and Montenegro), who is a FIBA Expert for Europe, Asia and Africa with 25 years of coaching experience, will oversee as camp director.
In conjunction with the 2005 launch of Basketball without Borders, visitors to NBA.com will have the opportunity to bid for authentic jerseys, Nike and Reebok basketball shoes and basketballs signed by some of the headliners for each camp and new items will be posted throughout the auction until April 26. The proceeds will go to the NBA Basketball without Borders Fund, which supports community outreach efforts that address important social issues around the world with a special emphasis on education, youth sports, and HIV/AIDS awareness and education. The NBA.com Network also will feature full coverage of every camp including player interviews, video clips, photo galleries and interactive downloads, with specialized content on NBA.com/china, NBA.com/espanol and the NBA's other international web sites.
The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac of the Los Angeles Lakers and Toni Kukoc of the Milwaukee Bucks, together with five other NBA players from the former Yugoslavia, re-united to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYRO Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. Since then, Basketball without Borders has expanded its reach to four continents. In addition to Argentina, the first Basketball without Borders Asia will take place in Beijing, China July 14-17. In its fifth year, Basketball without Borders Europe will take place July 28-31. The second annual Basketball without Borders Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa September 7-12.