The second annual Basketball without Borders -- Americas will take place from June 30-July 4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The camp will feature 57 young basketball players, ages 19-and-under, from across South America and the Carribean who will receive instruction from NBA players and coaches, including Argentinian natives Emanuel Ginóbili of the San Antonio Spurs, Carlos Delfino of the Detroit Pistons and Andres Nocioni of the Chicago Bulls.
During the event , the community outreach for Basketball without Borders Americas will
also feature the creation of a Reading & Learning Center, a Basketball and Books Clinic and two hospital visits to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Don't forget to check out our exclusive photo gallery.
As part of NBA.com's coverage, we'll provide daily updates from Argentina, including photos and weblog entries on the latest events. This event will also be covered in Spanish.
July 3: Camp is in Full Swing
Dalembert, Santiago and Gregg Popovich lend their expertise. (NBAE Images)
After three days of meeting dignitaries and visiting hospitals, Basketball without Borders -- Americas was in full swing as campers learned skills from NBA stars such as Argentina's own Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Flip through a photo gallery of snapshots from Day 4.
July 2: Players Meet President and Open Reading Center
Manu makes a presidential hand-off. (NBAE Images)
The BWB group met with Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner and opened a Reading and Learning Center. Read what campers say about their experience. Flip through a photo gallery of snapshots from Day 3.
July 1: NBA Stars Visit Local Hospital
Carlos lends a helping hand to two new fans. (NBAE Images)
International NBA stars visited a local Ronald McDonald House, as well as the Prof. Alejandro Posadas Hospital. Flip through a photo gallery of snapshots from Day 2.
Campers warm up during a Day 1 shootaround. (NBAE Images)
Basketball without Borders Americas officially tips off in Buenos Aires. Read comments from coaches and officials at the opening day press conference. Flip through a photo gallery of opening day snapshots.
Ginobili, Nocioni and Mutombo. (NBAE Images)
As part of the Basketball without Borders event, we will schedule interviews with the camp coaches when available.
This year, we have three players taking mailbox questions from fans:
-- Manu Ginobili
-- Andres Nocioni
-- Dikembe Mutombo
Send us your questions and we will direct them to the players listed above. Be creative and have fun with your questions.
Manu Ginobili (NBAE/Getty Images)
"I love all of this. I know that this has been done in several countries and continents around the world. I really wanted it to be done in Argentina, not only for the opportunity that young players will have, but for all the great social causes that this NBA program encompasses." -- Manu Ginobili
Andres Nocioni (NBAE/Getty Images)
"This is very important to any player and you really enjoy participating in this type of activity. I put myself in these children’s shoes, and remember that when I was a boy I loved to see players that were doing a great job in the leagues, for example in the Argentinean National League. I feel very proud to be participating in this. And we should obviously thank the NBA because for the opportunity they are giving these children." -- Andres Nocioni
Carlos Delfino (NBAE/Getty Images)
"I think it not only benefits basketball in Argentina but in all of Latin America as well. The idea of uniting people from the NBA with kids from all over Latin America at a competitive level as well as on a friendship level -- to get to know the game and share experiences -- will be beneficial to everyone." -- Carlos Delfino
1. Players will be divided into 6 teams named the Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Rockets, Spurs and 76ers.
2. Each team will be coached by an FIBA/ NBA player and a FIBA/ NBA coach.
3. There will be daily clinics in the morning to teach fundamentals (passing, shooting, dribbling, one-on-one moves, offense, defense, etc.)
4. Each pre-determined team will have designated time to practice their camp offense.
5. Games will be scheduled for the afternoons and evenings.
6. Individual and/or team shooting games will be incorporated into the daily schedule and be played for FIBA/ NBA prizes.
7. All participating players will be outfitted with NIKE apparel and given an NIKE gym bag containing mesh practice gear, shoes and socks.