Participants Selected for Basketball without Borders Americas 2005
Posted Jun 16 2005 10:17AM
The Best Players across Latin America and the Caribbean to Take Part
MIAMI – May 26, 2005 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB) and Sports Ministry of Argentina today announced the 57 participants, including 14 from Argentina, selected for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas, a basketball instructional camp that also features extensive community outreach and incorporates educational seminars addressing important social issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
The participants (ages 19 & under) from more than 13 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean were selected by FIBA and the NBA, in conjunction with participating basketball federations, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Featuring Aerolineas Argentinas, McDonald’s, Molten, Nike and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners, the camp is scheduled to take place at Argentina’s national sports training facility, the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo ( C.e.N.A.R.D.), in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 30-July 4. Argentinean natives Emanuel Ginóbili of the San Antonio Spurs, Carlos Delfino of the Detroit Pistons and Andres Nocioni of the Chicago Bulls will lead a group of NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s selection of campers – both for their diverse backgrounds and proven dedication to the sport of basketball,” said Arturo Nuñez, Vice President and Managing Director of the NBA Latin America. “The participants coupled with our NBA personnel are a clear reflection of the league’s commitment to bringing people from all walks of life together to discuss important social issues, while promoting education and healthy living.”
The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001. 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. 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 in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association.
“The Argentine Basketball Confederation is honored to participate in Basketball without Borders in our country, from June 30 to July 4 of this year,” said Horacio Muratore, President of the Argentina Basketball Confederation. “We are excited about receiving future Latin American basketball stars, as well as all the BWB participants and personnel that will provide a unique motivational environment to this second edition of the camp.”
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. This year, participating countries include Argentina , Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands.
“We are confident that the diverse and conscientious selection of our campers will be keys to the success of this year’s BWB Americas in Buenos Aires,” said Claudio Morresi, National Sports Secretary for Sports Ministry of Argentina. “We are honored about hosting this incredible group of kids from all walks of life and all over the region, and look forward to the basketball, community relations and educational activities right in our own backyard.”
“Working with all those involved and seeing the evolution of Basketball without Borders is a very special experience,” said FIBA International Relations and Development Manager Anicet Lavodrama. “The players, representing the elite for their national teams and the NBA, and the coaches who act as instructors and tutors provide the campers with strong examples of commitment and personal excellence on and off the court. Through this event we are putting basketballs, instruction and a human capacity development seed in the hands and hearts of our youth.”
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. Other NBA players taking part include Philadelphia 76ers Samuel Dalembert ( Haiti) and Houston Rockets Dikembe Mutombo ( Congo). NBA team personnel Gentry (Phoenix Suns), Michael Malone (New York Knicks), Jarinn Akana (Denver Nuggets) and Danny Ferry (San Antonio Spurs) 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. The camp’s trainer will be Casey Smith from the Dallas Mavericks.
The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Americas 2005: