Basketball Without Borders, Americas 2013

BWB Americas Concludes with All-Star Game




Basketball without Borders Americas 2013 wrapped up today with an All-Star game featuring the best talent from the past four days. Twenty players represented nine countries , with Brazil and Argentina making up more than half of the rosters with five players each. The white team- coached by Pepe Sanchez and Carlos Delfino- started off the game strong holding a lead through the first quarter. However, by the half, the blue team- coached by Pablo Prigioni, James Anderson, and Chris Copeland- had turned things around taking a six point lead, which they would see through to the end of the game.

At half-time, Lucas Vildoza (Argentina) beat Oscar Cabrera (Dominican Republic) in a three-point shooting contest for the chance to challenge Copeland. Round one saw the two end in a tie with four baskets each, but the seasoned professional came out on top after sinking seven baskets to Vildoza’s four. Prior to closing camp, Bruno Caboclo (Brazil) was named Nike Camp MVP for his strong performance through the entirety of the camp, and Angel Delgado (Dominican Republic) won the Nike All-Star Game MVP award for his impressive play in his team’s win.
NBA Players Paint Homes on Day 3




After morning skills stations, day three at CENARD saw the San Antonio Spurs, led by Ime Udoka, remaining undefeated on their way to claiming the Basketball without Borders Americas 2013 Camp Championship with a commanding win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The NBA players spent the day volunteering in the Retiro neighborhood of La Plata with NBA Cares community partner TECHO, which focuses on meeting immediate needs of underserved families and creating social inclusion projects. The group joined TECHO volunteers to paint the exterior of six transitional homes- the players’ height providing useful for the hard to reach spots. Before leaving, the players presented each family with a gift to welcome them to their new homes.
Athletes Emphasize Life Skills in Day 2




Day Two of Basketball without Borders Americas was off to an early start this morning with a Life Skills session focusing on the importance of teamwork, led by Chris Copeland and Ime Udoka. After sharing their own personal stories of working together, Copeland and Udoka led a series of activities reinforcing the concepts of trust and guidance as necessary steps to success. Next up, the campers found out which teams they had been drafted on to and began to train together during the morning skills stations. They played their first round of games together in the afternoon, and it looks like the competition for the BWB Americas 2013 camp title is going to be tough this year.

The BWB Girls Clinic presented by Fargo was the highlight of the afternoon for the NBA players and coaches and participants alike. Forty of the top female youth basketball players from the Buenos Aires area took to the court at CENARD, running though basketball fundamental drills. With a few tips from the pros, the female athletes put on a strong display of shooting, passing and dribbling, with obvious enthusiasm for the game. Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni shared their advice and encouragement with the group before camp broke for the day.
BWB Americas Off to a Good Start




Basketball without Borders Americas 2013 got off to a quick start today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after an opening press conference at CENARD. The 50 young players from 15 countries across the Americas were eager to start learning from their NBA role models including James Anderson (Philadelphia 76ers), Chris Copeland (Indiana Pacers), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), former NBA player Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns). After morning skills stations, the campers scrimmaged for the coaches who will draft them into their camp teams tonight.

In the afternoon, the BWB campers had a chance to get to know each other and see some of the sights around Buenos Aires, while the NBA players and coaches stayed back at the gym to run an NBA Cares basketball clinic for Special Olympics athletes, sponsored by Fargo. Scola, a Special Olympics Ambassador, took charge, leading the athletes through warm-up exercises and passing, shooting and dribbling drills. At the close of the day, each participant was awarded a medal for their participation from one of their NBA idols.
Campers Announced for 2013 BWB Americas
BUENOS AIRES, JULY 17, 2013 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and the Argentinian Basketball Federation (CABB) today announced the top youth players 18 and under from 15 countries in the Americas who will participate in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Americas 2013, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and social responsibility program that includes nine current and former Argentinian NBA players serving as camp coaches.

En Español: SE ANUNCIAN LOS PARTICIPANTES DEL BÁSQUETBOL SIN FRONTERAS AMÉRICAS 2013 (enebea.com)

These young players, including eight from Argentina, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating basketball federations, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. They will train under NBA players and coaches, and will participate in daily life-skills seminars on values such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Basketball without Borders Americas 2013 is scheduled to take place July 25 – 28 at CENARD in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carlos Delfino (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns) will join fellow NBA players Chris Copeland (Indiana Pacers) and James Anderson (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets) as mentors for the campers. NBA coaches attending BWB Americas include Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta Hawks), James Borrego (Orlando Magic), Kaleb Canales (Dallas Mavericks), and Ime Udoka (San Antonio Spurs). Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets returns as the BWB Americas Camp Director.

In addition to on-court instruction, the NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility initiative. Events will tip off with a basketball clinic for 50 Special Olympics athletes at CENARD followed by a BWB Girls Clinic for 40 local female basketball players. Highlighting the camp will be an afternoon of hands-on service alongside community volunteers in partnership with TECHO, a nonprofit that constructs transitional houses and provides social inclusion programs for families living in extreme poverty conditions.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

The following is a complete list of campers participating in Basketball without Borders Americas 2013:

Country First Name Last Name
Argentina Rodrigo Funes
Argentina Augustin Bualo
Argentina Gabriel Deck
Argentina Rodrigo Hagg
Argentina Alvaro Merlo
Argentina Ayan Carvalho
Argentina Maximo Fjellerup
Argentina Luca Vildoza
Barbados Anand Joseph-Thorne
Brazil Higor Lima
Brazil Rafael Souza
Brazil Luis Ricci
Brazil Guilherme Saad
Brazil Humberto Gomes da Silva
Brazil Bruno Caboclo
Brazil Lucas Dias Silva
Canada Justin Jackson
Canada Jamar Ergas
Canada Chris McComber
Chile Matias Sepulveda
Chile Sebastian Herrera
Colombia Andres Ibarguen
Colombia Yildon Jaimes
Colombia Byron Vargas Blanco
Costa Rica Milton Jimenez
Dominican Republic Oscar Cabrera
Dominican Republic Angel Delgado
Jamaica Javon Davis
Mexico Omar De Haro Gutierrez
Mexico Victor Mariscal
Mexico Kevin Lagunas
Paraguay Elias Israel Lequizamon
Paraguay Rodrigo Vallejos
Puerto Rico Eimer Velez Lopez
Puerto Rico Ramon Calderon
Puerto Rico Eliel Gonzalez
Puerto Rico Omar Font
Uruguay Juan Salvador Zanotta
Uruguay Imanol Asaravicius
Uruguay Rodrigo Brause
USVI Stephaun Adams
USVI Nicholas Springer
Venezuela Juan Jose Mejias
Venezuela Adrian Espinoza
Venezuela Franco Torres
Nine Current and Former Argentinian NBA Players to Lead BWB Americas 2013
BUENOS AIRES, JULY 11, 2013 - Nine current and former Argentinian NBA players will highlight Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas when it returns to Buenos Aires for the first time since 2005, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and the Argentinian Basketball Federation (CABB). The camp, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and social responsibility program, will take place July 25 – 28 at CENARD.

Fifty of the top youth players 18 and under from 15 countries in the Americas will train under NBA players and coaches, and will participate in daily life-skills seminars on values such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Carlos Delfino (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets), Manu Ginobili (free agent, 12-13 season with San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns) will join fellow NBA players Chris Copeland (free agent, 12-13 season with New York Knicks) and James Anderson (Houston Rockets) as mentors for the campers.

In addition to on-court instruction, the NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility initiative. Events will tip off with a basketball clinic for 50 Special Olympics athletes at CENARD followed by a BWB Girls Clinic for 40 local female basketball players. Highlighting the camp will be an afternoon of hands-on service alongside community volunteers in partnership with TECHO, a nonprofit that constructs transitional houses and provides social inclusion programs for families living in extreme poverty conditions.

NBA coaches attending BWB Americas include Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta Hawks), James Borrego (Orlando Magic), Kaleb Canales (Dallas Mavericks), and Ime Udoka (San Antonio Spurs). Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets returns as the BWB Americas Camp Director.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

The global schedule for Basketball without Borders includes BWB Europe which will be held in Almada, Portugal, for the first time from Aug 15 - 18, and BWB Africa, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Aug 29 – Sept 1.

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 23 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.